Gun-rights demonstrators clash with counterprotesters at State House rally

A group called Resist Marxism held a Second Amendment rally outside the Massachusetts State House on Saturday. A group of gun-rights activists clashed Saturday with counterprotesters who chanted and used noisemakers to try to drown out speakers from the other side during an approximately 90-minute face-off outside the State House. Officers arrested three people for disorderly conduct, a Boston police spokesman said, but the event was otherwise peaceful. The gun-rights gathering was organized by a group called Resist Marxism, which staged a counterdemonstration at the March for Our Lives protest in March. The group also held a rally on Boston Common last November that drew about 1,000 counterprotesters. There were far fewer counterprotesters at Saturday’s event. A few dozen gun-rights demonstrators used a microphone and loudspeakers to address the crowd over chants from the opposing side. An organizer with Resist Marxism said the group opposes a so-called red flag bill that would let the courts strip weapons from people who have been identified by their families as a danger to themselves or others. Mark Sahady, an organizer with Resist Marxism, said the group opposes a so-called red flag bill that would let the courts strip weapons from people who have been identified by their families as a danger to themselves or others. The state House of Representatives approved the legislation last month , and both Governor Charlie Baker and state Senate President Harriette Chandler have endorsed the concept of the bill. “We see it as an open door to […]

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