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Gun Rights Activists Rally in Downtown Chicago

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The Illinois State Rifle Association wants Illinois and Chicago lawmakers to repeal regulations on gun ownership. The group rallied in downtown Chicago today.

Hundreds of people gathered for the first Illinois State Rifle Association gun rights rally ever held in Chicago. Mike Weisman is with the group. He says its members are fired up after last month’s U-S Supreme Court decision repealing Washington D-C’s gun ban, affirming an individual’s right to bear arms.

WEISMAN: We’re pushing for change here in Illinois to recognize that right. Local bans on the ownership of fire arms by law abiding citizens must be lifted.

Speakers criticized local lawmakers as professional politicians looking down on common people. It was a peaceful rally with no vocal opposition. In recent remarks, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said he’s determined to keep local gun laws in place.

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