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Gun owners rally in Salem

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Hundreds packed the capitol steps in Salem Saturday to rally for gun rights in America.

It was one out of dozens of rallies held across the country in support of Second Amendment rights. The crowd wrapped around the steps and stretched across the street and onto the Capitol State Park.

"Being a gun owner does not make us a violent criminal," said gun owner Amy Glass.

"We wanted to show the world, show Oregon, that people who carry weapons are regular people," said radio host Bill Post.

Conservative talk show host Lars Larson headlined the event.

"The only thing that's going to stop a bad man with a gun in a place like Sandy Hook Elementary School is a good man with a gun," Larson said to the crowd.

Gun owners like Adam Leisinger said they came to defend their right to own assault rifles like the AR-15 and high-capacity magazines.

Assault rifles were used last year in the Aurora theater, Clackamas Town Center and Sandy Hook shootings, killing a combined 53 people.

The U.S. Senate will introduce updated legislation to ban them this week.

"I just target practice with mine," Leisinger said. "I hunt with them. I know they're labeled ‘assault weapons' but assault is an action, not a device."

"I could give you a thousand great reasons to have the gun with you that I could say are my needs," said Larson in support of conceal carry permits and assault rifles, "but I don't even need to get to that because I don't need to state a need to my government to justify my rights."

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