Gun rights supporters rally downtown outside Indiana Statehouse

Hundreds show up at downtown rally

INDIANAPOLIS - Hundreds of gun owners and Second Amendment advocates rallied on the lawn of the Indiana Statehouse on Friday.

The peaceful demonstration lasted about two hours, during which several hundred protesters, including many who were armed, held signs and chanted on the south side of the Statehouse.

They said they're concerned federal gun-control proposals in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings could weaken gun-possession rights they say are inviolable.

"It seems like this administration just keeps chipping away at our freedoms and our rights," said protestor Joe Fajfer. "That's why I'm here today."

"They're trying to say that I cannot have a standard-capacity magazine, which is 30 rounds. They like to think that anything more than 10 rounds is excessive, but who are they to say that the bad guys that come after me will be listening to the same laws that a law-abiding citizen, like myself, are going to do," protester Ian Stoller said.

"They're starting to take things apart and try to legislate the Second Amendment further, and the fact is, criminals won't follow the laws and rules," protester Pat Fajfer said. "Unfortunately, we do have that element in our society. I just think that people who are law-abiding citizens should have the right to protect themselves."

"Assault weapons are a very small percentage of crimes," protester Derek Hunt said. "People want to make the weapons evil, but that's not the case. Enforce the existing laws. Mental health is an issue."

The protest wrapped up just before noon.

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