CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Several hundred gun rights advocates — some toting rifles and holstered handguns — flocked to the Statehouse yesterday to oppose weapons bans and efforts to repeal parts of New Hampshire’s expanded stand-your-ground law.
Speaker after speaker rallied the crowd of about 300 to hold firm to their firearms and their right to bear them.
“The line in the sand is easily moved,” shouted Jerry DeLemus, a firearms instructor and head of the Rochester 912 gun-rights group. “We’re in New Hampshire. That line is going to be cut deep into granite.”
The rally comes a day after former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from a Tucson shooting spree that killed six people two years ago, implored federal lawmakers curb firearm violence, saying that “too many children are dying.” Also Wednesday, hundreds of residents of Newtown, Conn. — where 26 children and staff were killed in a massacre in December — urged limits military-style rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
But Garrett Lear, the self-described “patriot pastor,” told the New Hampshire rally Thursday that “gun control is a steady hand.”
Speakers criticized Democrats in Washington for favoring new gun control laws following the Newtown shooting.
Many in the crowd waved American flags or yellow ones bearing the slogan, “Don’t tread on me.” There was no sighting of supporters of gun restrictions or bans.