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Gun owners come armed with message

April 20, 2010
Joseph Weber

Hundreds rally in N. Virginia, D.C.

Gun owners came out in force on both sides of the Potomac on Monday to proclaim their Second Amendment rights, but only those on the Northern Virginia side of the river came bearing their handguns and rifles.

Hundreds of pro-gun activists rallied near the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall and at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Va. Those in the District protested city laws that prohibit them from displaying their guns in public.

The daylong event in the District attracted gun-rights advocates from across the country. They included Mark Easterday from Kentucky and Dick Heller, the event’s keynote speaker and the plaintiff in the landmark 2008 Supreme Court case that overturned the District of Columbia’s restrictive gun laws and established for the first time an individual right to own firearms.

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