Thousands rally against stricter gun control in US – Windstream Communications

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —

Thousands of gun advocates gathered peacefully Saturday at state capitals around the U.S. to rally against stricter limits on firearms, with demonstrators carrying rifles and pistols in some places while those elsewhere settled for waving hand-scrawled signs or screaming themselves hoarse.The size of crowds at each location varied — from dozens of people in South Dakota to 2,000 in New York.

Large crowds also turned out in Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington state. Some demonstrators in Olympia, Wash., Phoenix, Salem, Ore., and Salt Lake City came with holstered handguns or rifles on their backs.

At the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort, attendees gave a special round of applause for “the ladies that are packin’.”Activists promoted the “Guns Across America” rallies primarily through social media. They were being held just after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of federal gun-control proposals.

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