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Conn. gun rights rally a major success

Gun owners in Connecticut train to handle firearms.
Gun owners in Connecticut train to handle firearms.
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Early reports indicate that the gun rights rally that was held on the state capitol grounds in Connecticut today was a major success. The Examiner's own David Codrea was the guest speaker for the event.

The rally was sponsored by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a group of gun owners and their supporters who are deeply disturbed by the unconstitutional gun and ammunition restrictions passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor.

The CBS affiliate in Hartford estimated that roughly 3,000 people attended the rally. And the New Haven Register provided a two page report on the event.

Blogger and investigative reporter Mike Vanderboegh, who was unable to attend, posted photos from the rally one hour ago. Vanderboegh was the featured speaker for the event last year.

Many participants carried the perennial symbol of Patriots ever since the Revolutionary War, the Gadsden flag which bears the image of a coiled snake with the words, "Don't tread on me."

Gun rights activists in Connecticut have been enraged ever since the politicians passed new laws that restrict gun ownership, the types of guns citizens can use, and the number of bullets citizens are allowed to load in the guns' magazines.

Codrea, Vanderboegh, and other activists who adhere to the U.S. Constitution believe that such laws are a direct affront to the Second Amendment, which states that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

The rally today commenced at 12 noon and concluded at 3 p.m. EDT.

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