Hundreds of demonstrators, many armed with high-powered rifles, descended on the Oregon Capitol Friday to demonstrate their gun rights.
The demonstration is a response to calls for stiffer gun laws in the wake of recent mass shootings. Protesters say they want to show state lawmakers that they're peaceful, law-abiding gun owners and will fight any attempt to impose new gun restrictions. Some carried American flags.
It's legal to openly carry a weapon in public, and people with concealed handgun licenses can carry their weapons in the Capitol. Demonstrators kept their protest across the street from the statehouse and few brought their weapons indoors.
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