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Second amendment supporters rally at the Allen County courthouse

Flags lined the courthouse lawn Saturday afternoon for a pro-second amendment rally.

Posted: Jun 16, 2018 7:27 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 10:45 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Flags lined the courthouse lawn Saturday afternoon for a pro-second amendment rally. Rally goers said it's time to enforce current gun laws, not make new ones.

"This is our second rally. More to come, definitely. We are definitely trying to push this message out and get a lot of people aware that the rights of the people are being taken," said Omarh Williams.

Williams and other supports of the Northeast Indiana second amendment movement continue to rally for their right to bear arms. He said there's a lot of misunderstanding and a lack of education about gun laws.

"Guns are already heavily regulated. There are already background checks for firearms. The military does not use AR-15s. They use assault weapons, which are fully automatic weapons," Williams said.

Two city councilmen, Jason Arp and John Crawford, also attended the rally to show their support.

"It's one of our foundational, fundamental rights as Americans, so I'm happy to stand with these guys," said Jason Arp, city councilman, 4th district.

A couple years ago, Arp put forward a bill that allows citizens to carry on city property. And John Crawford is working in the community to address the root of violent crimes.

"My solution: fight opioid abuse, strengthen families, better background checks, and at that point do what you can, but attacking guns makes no difference," said John Crawford, city councilman at large.

Dawn Hillyer is a recent gun owner, and talked about the importance of protecting yourself.

"I had a stalker from 2006 to 2012 and so, I didn't learn to shoot for sport, but I learned to actually protect myself," she said.

Hillyer said gun ownership among women is growing.

"In Indiana alone, women's gun ownership is up over 50 percent, and Indiana across the country is the number one state for conceal carry holders," she said.

Williams said his message for anyone who doesn't own a gun is this: "If it scares you, educate yourself. Don't let guns scare you because they're not scary."

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