Gun Group Holds Rally With AR-15s To Congratulate Congress For Blocking Background Checks

A group of gun activists armed with AR-15s and handguns held a rally at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse in Indiana on Saturday to thank Congress for voting down gun safety measures, including a proposal to expand background checks for guns sales.

Indiana Moms Against Gun Control organized the event as a counter protest to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense’s protest calling for stricter federal gun laws in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Pictures from JCOnline.com:

The armed group had previously crashed a gun safety protest in March and insisted that they had a right to carry the loaded weapons on the streets. “To me, it’s normal,” one of the men told a local TV station, before admitting that he was carrying a loaded weapon. “Any weapon that’s not loaded is just a rock or a club,” he said.

Indiana does not prohibit assault weapons or place limits on magazine capacity.