The St. Louis area has had enough problems this year with guns particularly after the shooting in August of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer in that suburb.
That set off weeks of protests, many turned violent and led to arrests. So it makes no sense that about 40 demonstrators on Saturday with pistols in holsters and long guns would use downtown St. Louis streets on a march to the Arch to draw attention to their right to openly carry firearms. The protest for gun rights followed a constitutional ballot issue approved in August, which strengthened people’s right to own guns.
The Missouri General Assembly also passed a law that removes municipal bans on carrying weapons in the open.
The marchers did encounter a counter protest mostly from a meeting of Amnesty International.
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