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Hundreds rally in Frankfort for gun rights

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- (WDRB) Hundreds of people from across the Commonwealth were at the State Capitol on Saturday to support gun rights.

Those attending the Guns Across America rally say they're concerned about possible new restrictions on firearms.

The rally is part of a national campaign to shoot down any attempt at gun control.

"The only protest that I make today is any new gun legislation, period," organizer Jim Franklin told the crowd.

That was the message that brought hundreds from across the state to the Capitol steps as part of national Gun Appreciation day.

"This is a grassroots effort to get things kicked off to stand, to get America to stand for our Second Amendment rights," said Franklin in an interview.

Many came bearing signs, and some bearing arms.

"I want to take care of myself, protect myself and I believe that all Americans should have that right," said Janet Carter of Harrodsburg.

That was a common theme here, that Americans have the right to protect themselves, even against their own government.

A sign carried by Bellarmine University student Don Flowers graphically made the point. It contained images of infamous dictators.

"The second amendment was put in place to protect against tyrannical government. These are all examples, Hitler, Stalin, Mao," said Flowers.

Police stood by, but it was a peaceful gathering with no apparent counter-protest. But also not visible - any of Kentucky's high-profile elected officials.

Senator Rand Paul did send a representative, but State Senator Walter Blevins of West Liberty was the only politician present.

"I want to show people that I do stand up for what I believe in. I've got the endorsement of the NRA. I've been endorsed by them for many years, helped on the carry-concealed bill. I don't want to get elected then run and hide," said Blevins.

Jeff Fougnie of Louisville came carrying his assault rifle, the same type of weapon that the President and some in Congress believe should be banned. He believes this rally will sends a different message.

"These are voters. They're looking out there and saying, if I vote down any Second Amendment freedoms, that those are people who are not going to vote for me," he said.

"Once they get a toehold, the anti-gun people get a toe-hold, they just want to keep taking and keep taking," said Franklin.

Organizers say their next step is to make sure their message goes from the Capitol steps to the ballot box.

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