OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Supporters of gun rights in Washington are showing their force at the state Capitol.
A few hundred proponents rallied in Olympia on Friday, carrying guns and signs while decrying efforts to restrict weapon sales. State lawmakers have proposed a variety of ways to combat gun violence this year, including an expansion of background checks and allowing teachers to carry firearms.
Gun advocates say new restrictions on gun sales and magazine capacities would infringe on Second Amendment rights. Some suggested that it would be better to eliminate "gun-free" zones or strengthen punishments for those who commit crimes with firearms.
Supporters of new gun restrictions are optimistic that some legislation could pass the Legislature this year as lawmakers respond to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.