RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hundreds of people demonstrated in support of the Second Amendment in Raleigh on Saturday.

The event was part of a nationwide protest in which gun rights activists rallied in state capitals. Raleigh's demonstration drew a sizable crowd from around the state who worried the government would ban or restrict guns and gun sales.

"It's an inalieable, God given right," said Forsyth County resident Jimmie Boyd. "The same as the rest of the Constitution. It's the freedoms of the people."

Some demonstrators said they also felt some resentment due to the nationwide March for Our Lives rally for gun control last month.

"You see people marching to ban guns...think about all of the people who died just so we could have that right to bear arms," said David Blackwelder, a Republican candidate for Wake County Commissioner. "That's ridiculous just to freely give it up."

"They can share their beliefs here," added Connor Groce, a student at West Forsyth High School who made the two-hour journey to Raleigh for the event. "That's part of the obstacle right now. A lot of people have these beliefs, but it's hard to be heard sometimes."


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