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Rally for gun rights in Madison

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UPDATE (WKOW) --- Supporters of gun rights held rallies across the country Saturday, including here in Madison. They say their 2nd Amendment rights are slowly being chipped away.

The nationwide rallies are in response to increased efforts to pass stricter gun control laws after the shooting at a South Florida high school that left 17 people dead in February.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” said Sean Strand of Stoughton while attending the rally.

Strand joined about a hundred people who gathered on the steps of the Capitol to fight for the right to keep and bear firearms. Demonstrators disagree with those who call for a repeal of the second amendment and to limit their gun rights.

“You can't take them away. That's not the answer. With more regulation, the good people are going to pay the price,” Strand said.

Some at the rally openly carried long guns and handguns, while others carried signs, American flags and flags reading "Don't Tread On Me."

Organizers feel their voices are not being heard after recent national marches and protest rallies calling for more gun reform.

“Some people are carrying, some people aren't. We were hoping that the people who weren't would be able to engage with some of the people who otherwise wouldn't get to hear some of our talking points. We want to change the narrative about guns in the country,” said Thomas Leager, rally organizer and member of the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans (NCCPA), the group that organized the national rally.

“Most of us feel that our 2nd Amendment rights are kind of at siege right now,” said Roger Kicker who came up from Beloit.

The gun control debate has heighten since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Kicker feels gun reform advocates are using the tragedy as a way to chip away at his constitutional right to bear arms.

“The left wants to use shootings, especially if it's done with the assault rifle,” he said.

There were no counter-protesters at the rally. But Madison police deployed 40 officers and about eight members of the SWAT team to ensure everyone's safety.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- About 100 people rallied at the state Capitol Saturday to support the 2nd Amendment. 

A group of gun owners rallied for gun rights, carrying signs and flags in Madison this weekend. 

Tune in to 27 News at 10 to hear why they were out sending their message to the people of Wisconsin. 

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