Some outspoken supporters of the Second Amendment rallied in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia Monday to assert their constitutional rights to bear arms.
Those who rallied in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall couldn't openly carry their weapons since the national capital has some of the nation's strictest gun control laws.
Since Virginia has more liberal gun laws, those attending a demonstration there were able to carry their weapons at Ft. Hunt National Park south of Alexandria, Va.
The demonstrators on the Mall in Washington, some of whom carried yellow, "Don't Tread on Me" flags had as a backdrop the Washington Monument. Those yellow flags provided an eye-catching contrast to the ring of American flags at half staff around the monument, lowered to observe the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
NPR's Jamie Tarabay reported the following for the network's newscast:
Demonstrators at the Virginia rally gathered at the banks of the Potomac River. They wanted to get as close to Washington D.C. as they could with weapons, without violating the city's strict gun laws. The Supreme Court has ruled that D.C's handgun ban violated the Second Amendment to the Constitution but restrictions remain.
Those meeting under the Washington Monument at a separate rally left their weapons at home. People like Chris Mazur came with his wife and daughter from New Hampshire. He says it's easier to buy a gun there than in DC, yet his state has very little crime.
MAZUR: The problem with the crime rate has nothing to do with guns. If guns were the issue, New Hampshite should have a much higher crime rate.
Speakers at the rally urged the crowd to vote for candidates who support gun rights.