Gun Appreciation Day rally held in Augusta

8:26 PM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In 49 states, including Maine, pro-gun activists held rallies in state capitals to mark what's being called "Gun Appreciation Day" by the group Guns Across America.

In Augusta, about 200 Mainers rallied outside of the State House Saturday afternoon.

Many said they were concerned about President Obama's 23 executive actions to curb gun violence.

They said the President's push to limit high-capacity magazines is infringing on Second Amendment rights.

"We are urging our representatives, both local and national...that we want them to uphold our Second Amendment rights," said rally organizer Derek Morin.

Meanwhile, at the Augusta Civic Center, hundreds more waited in lines wrapped around building for a gun show.

Some said they waited in line for two hours.

"It's probably the busiest show I've ever seen," said Gerald Pepin, as he was leaving the gun show.

Gun show organizers said they were too busy collecting tickets to report attendance, but said this year's event was "much busier" than last year.

Legislators see the turnout for "Gun Appreciation Day" as a sign of the gun control climate in Maine.

"As the weather gets warmer, the subject will get hotter," said Senator Stan Gerzofsky, chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

He said so far, the committee has received 40 gun control related bills for the next session.

"That's a lot," said Sen. Gerzofsky.

He said it will take at least six weeks before any public hearings will be held, and he wants time to see how the President's executive actions play out at the federal level.

"There's going to be a period first for all the people to cool down, so that we're not knee-jerk reactions to these issues," he said.



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