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Gun owners show support for 2nd Amendment in front of State House

by Alex Barber, Bangor Daily News  |  published on January 21, 2013

Nearly 100 people rallied in front of the State House on Saturday as part of a national movement called Guns Across America to support gun ownership in the wake of President Obama’s recent announcement of plans to boost gun control.

Hundreds more lined up in front of the Augusta Civic Center to attend the gun show inside, which had been scheduled about a year earlier.

Many said they were concerned about their Second Amendment right to own guns.

“I’m afraid of the present administration that we’ll lose our rights. I don’t think the Constitution will be upheld over the long run,” said Kevin Winne of Saco, who was one of the hundreds to attend the gun show. “Personally, I want to be able to defend my family and my country.”

On Wednesday, President Obama unveiled 23 steps he intends to take immediately to curb gun violence without the need for congressional approval. These include improving the existing system for background checks, lifting the ban on federal research on gun violence, putting more counselors and resource officers in schools and increasing access to mental health services.

He also called on Congress to renew a prohibition on assault weapons sales that expired in 2004, require criminal background checks on all gun purchases, including closing a loophole for gun show sales, and pass a new federal gun trafficking law — long sought by big-city mayors to keep out-of-state guns off their streets.

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