A "March for Our Rights" rally is scheduled for Saturday at the Capitol Campus, and organizers estimate it could draw as many as 2,000 people to Olympia, according to the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.
The pro-gun rights rally begins at noon Saturday at the northern steps of the Legislative Building, and is expected to run until 2:30 p.m. The event's Facebook page showed 9,600 people who were "going or interested" as of Wednesday afternoon.
Participants are likely to openly carry firearms during the rally, as allowed by state law.
The event is expected to affect traffic on campus.
The Washington State Patrol will have troopers on duty, and advises anyone who suspects a threat to the campus to call 911.
Among the speakers confirmed to attend the event, according to the Facebook event page, are:
- Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer and a U.S. Senate candidate;
- Aryeh Rohde, a high school student who led s counter protest against "March for Our Lives;"
- Sharyn Hinchcliffe, Seattle Pink Pistol;
- Marty McClendon, former Lt. Gov. candidate;
- Tiffany De Leon, Libertarian State vice chair;
- Tyler Miller, representing Initiative 1621 (Secure Safe Schools).