AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of people are gathering in state capitals nationwide to rally against stricter gun control measures.
An estimated 600 people turned out so far for Saturday speeches in Austin, Texas. Many are carrying signs with messages such as “An Armed Society is a Polite Society” and “The Second Amendment Comes from God.”
Meanwhile, police say hundreds more joined rallies in New England while organizers also have plans to gather in capital cites to the west.
Activists have promoted the “Guns Across America” rallies primarily via social media. They’re being held days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of gun-control proposals.
First-term Texas state Rep. Steve Toth is among attendees in Austin. He’s one of several state officials nationwide who’ve proposed trying to curb federal gun restrictions in states.
At least a thousand come out in Utah:
Rally in Albany, New York: