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Gun rights rally could draw 2,500 to Capitol Campus this weekend

Gun-rights supporters rally for Second Amendment

More than 2,000 people rallied at March for Our Rights to defend the Second Amendment and voice their opposition to gun-control proposals in April 2018.
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More than 2,000 people rallied at March for Our Rights to defend the Second Amendment and voice their opposition to gun-control proposals in April 2018.

As many as 2,500 people are expected to turn out Saturday for a gun rights rally on the Capitol Campus, according to the Department of Enterprise Services.

The second annual March for Our Rights is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. at the Tivoli Fountain and nearby lawns. Both diagonals and the traffic circle around the Winged Victory Monument will be closed.

Many rally participants are expected to openly carry firearms. There is no prohibition against openly carrying guns on the Capitol grounds. However, as with many campus gatherings, the Washington State Patrol will have troopers on duty during the rally.

Last year’s rally was a response to student-led gun control efforts following a shooting at a Florida high school.

This year, a coalition of 29 Washington state organizations is calling for state legislators to refuse to speak at the rally, which the coalition calls “extreme.” Jim Walsh, Robert Sutherland, Matt Shea, Brian Blake, Tom Dent, and Phil Fortunato are scheduled to appear.

Nina Martinez, board chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, said, “When our state legislators agree to speak at public events that divide communities and promote hate, this implies they share the same beliefs. Washington state deserves leaders that will advocate for peace and respect differences, not attack them.”

The coalition listed among the rally participants Patriot Prayer and Washington III%.

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