First-ever Gun Appreciation Day a hit in South Dakota - KOTA Territory News

First-ever Gun Appreciation Day a hit in South Dakota


In response to the recent push by the Obama administration to regulate certain types of firearms and accessories, gun advocates across the country came together Saturday for the first-ever Gun Appreciation Day.
Dozens of people crammed onto the sidewalk at the corner of Main and 7th streets in Rapid City, right in front of the First Stop Gun Shop.

Many carried rifles and handguns, and sported signs with slogans like "Dictators prefer unarmed citizens."

The demonstration was part of a national movement to protest two dozen executive orders signed by President Obama intended to curb gun violence, as well as an anticipated congressional ban on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.

And even though gun control advocates insist they're not trying to ban all guns, demonstrators see it as a slippery slope.
"What's the difference whether it's a single shot or whether it has a capacity of 30 shots?" asked Robert Reil with a rifle slung over his shoulder. "To me it's still the same thing. ... A gun's a gun."

The demonstration proved good news for the First Stop Gun Shop, too: People poured into the store during the hour-long rally.

And even though owners say it was much busier than normal, other gun store owners say that's been a trend for a while.
"The gun business has been booming ever since Obama appeared on the horizon," said Nancy First of Jack First Gunshop. "I think people are afraid of him, of what he'll do to our gun rights."

Also Saturday, about 80 people gathered at South Dakota's state capitol in Pierre to show their support for gun rights.

Many of the people carried signs supporting the Second Amendment at the event that took place inside the capitol rotunda.

Organizers say the people attending the event believe that "an armed populace is not a dangerous thing.''

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