Dozens of armed demonstrators have marched through the downtown St. Louis to confirm their right to carry firearms openly in public. Only some 10 policemen watched the march without much interest, even after the group met counter protesters.
A heavily armed crowd of over 40 people marched on Saturday afternoon from the Citygarden to the Gateway Arch, openly displaying their arsenal. A group of some 10 police officers took a note of the gathering, but did not follow or otherwise intervene with the group armed with pistols and rifles, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The event, organized by Jeffry Smith, comes after a state constitutional amendment was passed in August strengthening the right to own firearms. In a separate law Missouri legislators effectively removed municipal bans on openly carrying weapons. Both laws combined make it legal for anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a weapon openly.
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