Hundreds Join Pro-Gun Rallies in State Capitals, Including Carson City

A young gun-rights supporter displays his enthusiasm at a rally in Carson City. (Jan. 19, 2013)
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AUSTIN, Tex. & CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP & Staff) - Thousands of people are gathering in state capitals nationwide to rally against stricter gun control measures.

In Carson City, hundreds of people came together along Carson St. in a demonstration to show support for gun rights. Organizers emphasized it was an unarmed, peaceful rally.

In Austin, Texas an estimated 600 people turned out so far for Saturday speeches. Many are carrying signs with messages such as "An Armed Society is a Polite Society" and "The Second Amendment Comes from God."

Meanwhile, police say hundreds more joined rallies in New England while organizers also have plans to gather in capital cites to the west.

Activists have promoted the "Guns Across America" rallies primarily via social media. They're being held days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of gun-control proposals.

First-term Texas state Rep. Steve Toth is among attendees in Austin. He's one of several state officials nationwide who've proposed trying to curb federal gun restrictions in states.