COEUR D'ALENE -- Pro-gun supporters turned out in droves across the country on Saturday. Rallies were held in every state. It was all part of an organized effort called 'Gun Appreciation Day'.
Up to 1,000 people came together in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to send a message to federal lawmakers to keep their hands of their guns. Nearly everybody at the rally had a sign, a pistol on their hip, or a rifle or shotgun on their back. Organizers not only rallied to keep politicians from gun restrictions but to also show support of the Second Amendment.
State lawmakers and pro-gun supporters shared their views at the Black Sheep Sporting Goods store in Coeur d'Alene. All of them sounded off to protect their right in the wake of a recent federal gun control crack downs.
"Our rights, Second Amendment, just a lot of concern about our Second Amendment," said gun supporter Scott Whitehurst. "It's nice to get the local politicians out and offer a little reassurance."
Several Idaho State lawmakers spoke about their support to not alter the Second Amendment. State Representative Vitto Barbieri announced to the crowd a potential statewide response to any federal gun control legislation in the works.
"One of them is basically saying anything the federal government does to restrict the Second Amendment would not apply within the state," said Representative Barbieri.
The plan is in its very early stages. It stems from emails and phone calls from people concerned about the federal mandates in Congress and executive orders.