CHEYENNE – Several dozen people gathered in downtown Cheyenne to express their support for gun rights, in response to national protests demanding greater restrictions on gun ownership.
Saturday's rally in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court building, including politicians and members of militia groups, was coordinated with rallies in other state chapters under the auspices of the National Constitutional Coalition of American Patriots, an alliance of nationalist organizations dedicated to putting the United States "up and running", according to its website.  And while organizer Jodi Mandelias acknowledged that Wyoming's gun laws were the most friendly in the country, she said people still needed to remind people of the importance of the Second Amendment in light of recent demonstrations demanding restrictions. about gun ownership after a shooting in Parkland. Florida.
The shooting, led by a 19-year-old with an AR-15 rifle, and the outrage that followed briefly incited some politicians, including President Donald Trump, to consider additional weapons restrictions.
"Recently there has been a lot of publicity about gun control," said Mandelias. "We are here to publicize the Constitution and the Second Amendment."
The event began with a short speech by Republican Gov. Taylor Haynes, who said he thought everyone should have guns and that no one should raise taxes, and then turned into an open microphone for Second Amendment supporters .
Most of them had the same message: that the possession of weapons was an integral part of the founding of the country, that attempts to curb access to weapons were attempts to subvert American democracy and that criminals did not " We are concerned about gun laws.
"Lately there has been a huge attack on guns," said Russell West, a resident of Laramie County, who said he used his guns to shoot targets, "but these are our rights. . (Supporters of arms restrictions) are ignoring the basic principles of our country. "
Daniel Marces spoke on the same line, saying that without weapons, people could not overthrow a tyrannical government.
Wyoming is One of the most friendly states with weapons in the nation, State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, Cheyenne Republican, promoted the recent enactment of a state "defend your position" law, and many of those who attended were armed. that there was still work to be done.
Roy Fansler said that complacency allowed the erosion of arms rights in California, where he lived before moving to Cheyenne.
Mandelias noted that only 100 miles away, the Boulder , Colorado, the City Council had given its initial approval to the prohibition of assault weapons.
And Marces, who said he was the father of a student in Cond. Laramie, accused the district of supporting gun control by allowing students to leave class on March 14 – along with more than one million across the country – to honor the 17 Parkland victims.
He said the event was disguised as a "vigil" for the victims, but it was actually an "anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment event planned and organized by gun control groups and celebrities."
He said he would run for the school board at the next opportunity to represent students and parents "whose voices were silenced" by the council.