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Gun Rights Advocates Rally in Conn.

guns and American flagHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of opponents of gun control legislation have held a rally at the Connecticut state Capitol, part of a series of demonstrations being held across the country.

Organizers say the rallies enable lawful gun owners to express their concerns about gun control efforts following the Dec. 14 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Police say about 1,000 people showed up on the Capitol grounds Saturday for the “Guns Across America” rally. Demonstrators urged state and federal authorities not to introduce new restrictions on gun ownership, saying such moves would erode their Second Amendment rights.

Task forces created by the legislature and Gov. Dannel Malloy are considering changes to state gun laws. President Barack Obama has proposed gun control measures.

Gun control supporters plan a Valentine’s Day rally at the Connecticut state Capitol.

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