Second Amendment rally draws thousands of gun rights supporters to Arizona Capitol

Second Amendment rally draws thousands of gun rights supporters to Arizona Capitol

Supporters of the Second Amendment gathered Saturday at the Arizona Capitol to rally in support of the right to bear arms. About 3,500 to 4,000 people attended the 8th annual event in downtown Phoenix to hear from more than 20 speakers and shop at booths selling gun-related shirts, hats, flags and educational items, according to Tim Rafferty, president of RidersUSA, the nonprofit that organized the event. That attendance compares to last year’s rally, which was the largest for the organization at the time, Rafferty said. Gun sales have increased significantly in Arizona during the COVID-19 pandemic, and so some speakers used their platform Saturday to encourage people to safely carry and use firearms and other weapons and to educate people on guns. "Do you know how many new gun owners there are? And how many gun owners don’t vote the way you might vote?" John Correia, founder of Active Self Protection and a former pastor in Phoenix, said to the crowd. Correia said now is the opportunity to educate and support others about gun ownership and advocacy even if you don’t agree on other issues. "That firearm that you now own is an important piece of making sure no one can force you to do anything," he said. About 665,500 firearm background checks were conducted in Arizona last year, which is almost double the amount compared to the previous year, according to U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Across the country, there were nearly 40 million firearm background checkslast […]

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