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Gun rights activists fill State House to fight for Second Amendment

Gun rights activists filled the{ } Rhode Island State House Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (WJAR)
Gun rights activists filled the Rhode Island State House Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (WJAR)
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Gun rights activists took over the State House Rotunda Thursday evening.

Those in attendance said they wanted to send a strong message to lawmakers that they must protect their Second Amendment rights.

"Every year, we end up coming up here to defend our rights, and we are coming here today so we can take a stand against the infringements against our Second Amendment rights," explained Brenda Jacob.

People of all ages gathered on each floor with signs and t-shirts about the importance of protecting their civil rights.

Activists said they're against proposed legislation that would limit what kind of gun you can have.

"As far as the AR-15 and the AK-47, that term assault rifle is a made up term," said Jacob. "For some reason they've chosen to make that rifle the target of a lot of the stigma."

A number of people took to the podium to tell personal stories about why they think it is important to fight the proposed legislation.

Lobbyists also spoke about the need for gun rights activists to continue to gather in large numbers at events and vote appropriately when the time comes.

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