Second Amendment supporters rally in Tallahassee

Published: Apr. 14, 2018 at 9:51 PM CDT
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Supporters of the Second Amendment rallied at state capitol buildings throughout the country Saturday.

Hundreds came out in Florida to stand up against what they call a growing movement against law-abiding gun owners.

This is the second time this year gun owners rallied on the Florida Capitol grounds to stand up for Second Amendment rights.

"And that right shall not be infringed. I don't know why people have a hard time understanding this part of it," Howard Wemple of Auburndale said.

Attendees said they believe there is a nationwide effort to suppress law-abiding citizens' right to own a gun.

"That's why we're here today, is to speak up against that assault, to stand up against it, to say 'no'," Mike Hill, former Republican State Representative for Pensacola, said.

Brandi Miller of Spring Hill said after she was shot 31 years ago, the event secured her feelings on firearms.

"Blew my face off, my throat apart, my heart, my stomach and I think every woman should be armed," Miller said.

Many of the attendees supported the mental health and school safety aspects of legislation passed in response to Parkland, but they disagreed with the concept that firearm sales should be banned for those under 21.

"Taking away the rights of 18 to 20 year olds to even own a rifle to defend their home is an overreach. I feel like the school safety side of it is at least a step in the right direction," Uriah Denton of Jacksonville said.

"I think every american has the right to own a gun, especially 18 year olds," Christopher Greeley of Bradenton said.

The gun control aspects of the bill have turned some against Governor Rick Scott.

"Governor Rick Scott, he's a traitor," said Jeremy of Pensacola.

The anger towards Governor Scott from some Second Amendment supports could cost him votes in the race for U.S. Senate, but how many votes is unclear.

At least 14 municipal governments are suing the state to overturn a ban on tougher gun regulations at the local level.