'Guns Across America' rally attracts more than 500 at Minnesota Capitol


More than 500 people assembled at the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday to take a stand against any strict gun control measures -- one of the many "Guns Across America" rallies taking place all over the U.S., the Star Tribune reports.

The nation's call for stricter gun laws comes in the aftermath of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month, where 26 died -- 20 of them children.

Saturday's rallies nationwide come only days after President Barack Obama outlined his plan for curbing U.S. gun violence.

Minnesota lawmakers at the event Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, and Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center.

According to the Star Tribune, Cornish vowed to push for legislation that would allow teachers to be armed at school no matter if the administration approved. Cornish also wants 21-year-olds to have the right to carry guns on college campuses.

Also at the rally were several members of the Gun Owner's Civil Rights Alliance, the Pioneer Press reports.

One member, Rob Doar, addressed the emotion of the gun debate, adding, "we are unified in the fact that the criminals are the problem, not the law-abiding."

Gun sales have reportedly soared in many places around the state and nation because buyers are fearing new gun control measures could limit their access to weapons.

Next Up


Here's how much snow fell in Minnesota on Sunday

Some localized areas saw more than expected.

Lindsay Guentzel

For The Week: What's harder than making a meal plan? Sticking to it!

Lindsay Guentzel says you shouldn't give up on your meal planning routines.

Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 11.15.34 AM

Two people fatally shot by police in Wadena County, two officers injured

Another man was shot in the altercation, which police claim started when one of the suspects opened fire on officers.

snow, plow

Winter storm warnings issued as snow system shifts in Minnesota

The worst of the snow will now hit further north, affecting areas including St. Cloud and the I-94 corridor.

Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba beats the clock to give Wild sixth straight win

Dumba scored as overtime came to a close for another Wild victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Bradley Beal terrorizes Timberwolves in loss to Wizards

Beal and the Wizards handed the Wolves their seventh straight defeat.

Marcus Carr / Gopher basketball

Gophers tourney hopes take another blow with loss to Nebraska

Marcus Carr scored a career-high 41 points, but Minnesota is still winless on the road.

St. Paul police

St. Paul police arrest teenage boy in carjacking crackdown

This comes amid a dramatic spike in Twin Cities carjackings.


Snow latest: Twin Cities set for up to 4 inches

A narrow system will travel across Minnesota overnight.