On Saturday at noon, owners, sellers, and other pro-gun advocates will hold a rally at the state capitol to protest the gun control legislation that's being proposed at both the state and federal level.
The Hartford rally is affiliated with a group called "Guns Across America,'' which is sponsoring rallies in state capitols across the country.
Similar rallies are being held nationwide, a day another group has dubbed "Gun Appreciation Day.''
The rallies are set to take place the day before
In Connecticut, where 20 children and six educators died in the
Dave Ouimette, of
"My main goal is that everyone's under the same understanding that we are there to stand up for our Second Amendment rights, not to be used as an example," Ouimette said. "We're already labeled as the bad guys."
The group is urging supporters not to bring any rifles or "long guns" to the Hartford rally. State law permits guns to be carried either in the open or concealed outside the capitol, but not in
Eric Reed, who is the Texas-based organizer for the Guns Across America rallies being held in 47 state capitols and Washington, said he wants the day to be a peaceful protest. "It is obviously a sensitive subject, especially in most of the states in Northeast near Connecticut, including Connecticut," Reed said.
Gun Appreciation Day encourages supporters to show up at their local gun store or range to show their support for guns rights, and gun stores across the country have announced they're hosting events.
An employee who answered the phone at Arms X, a gun store in
King33 Training, a firearm training and security company in
"It is sensitive and we are sensitive to it, we're respectful of it," said King. "Anyone I work with has been in the line of duty in some capacity."
King said his business isn't facing the same level of public opposition as others in the gun industry may be.