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Westfield Sportsmen’s Club to Join Boston Gun Rally

GunRallyGuyWESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two bus loads of about a hundred members from the Westfield Sportsmen’s Club will head to Beacon Hill Wednesday.

The members will be joining a rally in support of the Second Amendment.

“I feel my opportunity to enjoy my sport is being threatened,” said Francis Mitchell.

Mitchell is the club’s secretary. He learned how to shoot when he was 12 years old. He’s been a member of the club since 1957 and goes each day.

He says Wednesday’s trip to Boston is a show of solidarity for owning guns.

“Everybody is a little afraid with all the new laws and stuff and it’s reached the point where some of it doesn’t make sense,” said Mitchell.

Since the December shooting in Newstown, Connecticut lawmakers in Washington and here in Massachusetts have been pushing for stricter gun laws.

Governor Deval Patrick is calling for legislation to restrict gun owners to buying only one gun a month. Another bill being proposed would tighten access to high-powered ammunition.

Tuesday, The National Rifle Association released its study on how to make school’s safer. The recommendations are to arm and have training programs on firearms for school staff members.

“The key is reducing that response time. Let me emphasize this is not talking about all teachers, teachers should teach,” said ASA Hutchinson, National School Shield Program.

The Obama Administration opposes the move, but does support armed guards in schools. Last week, the Town of Enfield approved adding armed guards to their schools in the fall.

Wednesday’s rally in Boston will run from 12 pm – 3 pm. Participants are being encouraged to meet with their lawmakers before to express their views about the proposed gun legislation.

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