Gun rights activists rally at state capitols nationwide

Gun rights supporters gathered at the state Capitol in Atlanta for one of dozens of rallies planned at statehouses across the U.S.

According to The Associated Press’ count, more than 135 attended the rally Saturday, and more were arriving. Most of them were armed and some held signs as they listened to speeches. A few people wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts made videos, but didn’t interact with the ralliers.

The rallies come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.

A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans says organizers have permits for gatherings in 45 states. They encouraged supporters to bring unloaded rifles in states where it’s legal. (AP)

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<p>A man wears a patriotic-themed cowboy hat during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Austin, Texas

A man wears a patriotic-themed cowboy hat during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Joe Dobbins of Hartford, Maine, wears a cut-out of an AR-10 tactical rifle while attending a gun rights rally, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP) </p>
Augusta, Maine

Joe Dobbins of Hartford, Maine, wears a cut-out of an AR-10 tactical rifle while attending a gun rights rally, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

<p>A man holds a 3% flag as a group recited the pledge during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Austin, Texas

A man holds a 3% flag as a group recited the pledge during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Andrew Norris, of Monroe, Ga., participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. About 40 gun rights supporters have gathered for one of dozens of rallies planned at statehouses across the U.S. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP) </p>
Atlanta, Ga.

Andrew Norris, of Monroe, Ga., participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. About 40 gun rights supporters have gathered for one of dozens of rallies planned at statehouses across the U.S. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP)

<p>Mead Daniel Marces addresses a gun-rights rally Saturday, April 14, 2018, in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne, Wyo. About 100 people took part including a handful openly carrying firearms. (Photo: Mead Gruver/AP) </p>
Cheyenne, Wyo.

Mead Daniel Marces addresses a gun-rights rally Saturday, April 14, 2018, in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne, Wyo. About 100 people took part including a handful openly carrying firearms. (Photo: Mead Gruver/AP)

<p>Shaun Baby, of Cartersville, Ga., participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP) </p>
Atlanta, Ga.

Shaun Baby, of Cartersville, Ga., participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP)

<p>People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. The rally come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17. (Photo: Michael Conroy/AP) </p>
Indianapolis, Ind.

People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. The rally come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17. (Photo: Michael Conroy/AP)

<p>Maine gun rights supporters cheer at a rally, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP) </p>
Augusta, Maine

Maine gun rights supporters cheer at a rally, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

<p>A man holds a Come and Take It flag during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Austin, Texas

A man holds a Come and Take It flag during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP) </p>
Des Moines, Iowa

A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

<p>A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP) </p>
Des Moines, Iowa

A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

<p>A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. About 100 gun rights supporters gathered for one of dozens of rallies planned at statehouses across the U.S. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP) </p>
Des Moines, Iowa

A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. About 100 gun rights supporters gathered for one of dozens of rallies planned at statehouses across the U.S. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

<p>Gun rights activists with the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans take part in a national rally aimed at pushing back against calls for stronger gun control measures outside the state Capitol Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (Photo: Hans Pennink/AP) </p>
Albany, N.Y.

Gun rights activists with the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans take part in a national rally aimed at pushing back against calls for stronger gun control measures outside the state Capitol Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (Photo: Hans Pennink/AP)

<p>People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP) </p>
Atlanta, Ga.

People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP)

<p>A man wears a Come and Take It flag during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Austin, Texas

A man wears a Come and Take It flag during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>A man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Austin, Texas

A man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP) </p>
Atlanta, Ga.

People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP)

<p>Roy Fansler stands with an M1 Garand rifle at a gun rally Saturday, April 14, 2018, in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne, Wyo. About 100 people took part including a handful openly carrying firearms. (Photo: Mead Gruver/AP) </p>
Cheyenne, Wyo.

Roy Fansler stands with an M1 Garand rifle at a gun rally Saturday, April 14, 2018, in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne, Wyo. About 100 people took part including a handful openly carrying firearms. (Photo: Mead Gruver/AP)

<p>Rocky Habeeb of Bangor, Maine wears a vanity license plate that will go on his new car while attending a gun rights rally, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP) </p>
Augusta, Maine

Rocky Habeeb of Bangor, Maine wears a vanity license plate that will go on his new car while attending a gun rights rally, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

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