Over 400 gathered in Sacramento's Capitol Park, the Sacramento Bee reported.
One of those who attended was Lois Garcia, who told the Bee she was of Cuban descent.
"I came here because it's about freedom," she said. "One of the first things that Castro did when he took over in Cuba was he went to their homes and disarmed them. I don't want this country to go down the same path."
"Dozens" gathered outside the Wells County Courthouse in Bluffton, Ind. to "support everything America stands for."
"This isn't a Democratic thing, or a Republican thing, or a Tea Party thing, this is an American thing. This is about the rights this nation was founded on," said organizer Ryan Studabaker.
Over 50 people showed up in Sarasota, Fla., the Herald-Tribune reported.
“The founders had the foresight to put it in there, and I’m grateful they did,” organizer Julie Brady said of the Second Amendment. “The Second Amendment helps us protect ourselves, our families and our freedom.”
The official Day of Resistance website listed over 100 rallies that were planned across the country.
In a message supporting the rallies, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) called the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms "one of our most important rights."
"The Second Amendment was the founders' answer to tyrannical government," he added, recalling the history of dictatorial regimes like the Soviet Union.
Sen. Paul also said that the Second Amendment was designed to prevent actions like Obama's 23 executive orders on gun control.
"We have a president, not a king," he said.
Since the Newtown shootings, Democrats across the country have sought to restrict the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms with proposals that call for, among other things, confiscation of so-called "assault weapons" and bans on magazines that hold more than ten rounds.
The BBC reported that Dustin Stockton, one of the event organizers, does not oppose tightening of all gun laws.
“But what we will never accept is the government coming into our homes and demanding to know exactly what kind of weaponry we have for our natural right of self-preservation,” he said.
Video of Sen. Paul's comments can be seen here.
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