BOSTON (WGGB/AP) — Gun owners from across Massachusetts are rallying on Boston Common in support of Second Amendment rights.
The rally began at noon and was organized by the Gun Owner’s Action League of Massachusetts.
Many gun owners came with signs sending a clear cut message about their right to bear arms. “We really need to support our second amendment rights, we can’t have our guns taken away from us,” says Becky Pobieglo.
Speakers include the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation Alan Gottlieb and Ying Li, an engineer who participated in the 1989 pro-democracy protests centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in China.
Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing tougher gun laws in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Gun owners say more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners would not prevent another Sandy Hook.
“The key message is that law-abiding citizens aren’t the problem. The government is doing nothing to the criminal element. The judges are releasing the people back on the streets faster than the cops can arrest them,” says Francis Mitchell of Westfield.
Harry Vandoloski of Hadley was also there to voice his support for the right to bear arms.
“Felons can not buy any guns, and law-abiding citizens don’t cause problems with guns, and they’re making laws to affect law-abiding citizens,” says Vandoloski.
Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a gun bill that would restrict gun owners to purchasing one firearm a month, tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition and mandate buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.
After their noontime rally on the Boston Common, the gun owners marched to the State House where they brought a similar message that the Second Amendment needs to be treated as a civil right.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.