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Rallies against gun control laws held in Austin, Santa Fe

By Matthew Smith, Good Morning El Paso Weekend Anchor / Reporter
Published On: Jan 19 2013 01:47:41 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 09:40:05 PM CST

ABC-7's Matthew Smith reports

Gun right advocates in Texas and New Mexico gathered at their respective Capitols Saturday.

Rallies were held across the United States as part of a loosely organized campaign by gun rights advocates. The campaign began via social media.

According to KOB-TV a local organizers in Santa Fe, Josh Kennedy, says the group is against a proposed ban on assault-rifles. He also said the rally is attempting to show residents that gun owners aren't criminals.

A similar event was scheduled on the steps of the Capitol in Austin.

Among those scheduled to attend was first-term Rep. Steve Toth, a Republican from the Woodlands.

Toth previously introduced a bill seeking to ban any federal prohibition on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines on a state level.

People began confirming that they would attend the Austin event several days ago. Some attendees have been encouraged to bring their guns to the rally.

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