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Supporters of gun rights held rallies across the country on Saturday amid growing calls to reduce gun violence.
Hundreds of demonstrators amassed in cities around the U.S., holding signs outside state capitols in Wyoming, Maine, Delaware, and other states, The Associated Press reports.
One demonstrator in Cheyenne, Wyoming, told the AP that any concessions to gun control advocates could be the first step to the end of the Second Amendment in America.
"If you have a building and you take a brick out every so often, after a while you're not going to have a building," Westley Williams told the news service.
Right-wing movements such as the Three Percent were in attendance at many of the rallies, according to organizers who said rallygoers "come from all walks of life, including Three Percent groups and local militias."
Many protesters openly carried weapons at the rallies, including AR-15s, the same style of weapon used in February's mass shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school.
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led to a national campaign, largely led by the student survivors, aimed at reducing gun violence.
The rallies on Saturday come about a month after hundreds of thousands of Americans attended "March for Our Lives" rallies in Washington, D.C., and a number of other cities around the world to protest gun violence and push for tougher gun restrictions.
The "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., was estimated to have been attended by anywhere between 200,000 and 800,000 Americans, making it one of the largest youth-led protests since the Vietnam War.