'Second Amendment Appreciation Day' held at AZ capitol

'Second Amendment Appreciation Day' held at AZ capitol

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PHOENIX -

Opponents of gun control rallied at the State Capitol Friday morning for "Second Amendment Appreciation Day," and came heavily-armed.

They said they were trying to send a message to state leaders and even to the President -- the message being, "keep your hands off my guns."

About 100 people gathered for what they called a peaceful protest. It's part of a nationwide event, rallying in support of their second amendment right to bear arms.

They said they wanted state leaders to hear that they don't want any changes to existing gun control laws, adding that they fear the government is going to make it more difficult for people to obtain firearms and ammunition in the wake of several mass shootings around the country.

"That's clearly the purpose here, keep making it harder and harder for people to own guns or use guns or shoot guns or keep them for self-defense -- and you reduce the number of gun owners," said Dean Weingarten.

Debbra Cochran added, "Once they get our guns, they'll get all of our rights. That's what I think. And I am not going to comply -- I will not comply."

"To stand up for my second amendment rights. They have no right to take away our freedom and our guns," said Lynette Huston, of Black Canyon City. "They need to check into the mental health system, not law-abiding citizens, we're not the ones breaking the law."

Jayne Ries is from Quartzite and calls herself a "Grandma for guns." She grew up in a family of gun owners, and for her, it's about keeping her family safe.

"For protection. We need our guns," said Ries. "People kill people with cars and knives, guns aren't necessarily going to stop that at all."

Some in the crowd told FOX 10 they are also stockpiling ammunition because it is becoming hard to find.

As far as having so many guns in front of the state capitol, one man said, "It's just a group of people taking their guns out for a walk."

It was a peaceful demonstration -- there were no counter-protestors.

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