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Originally published Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

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About 1,500 rally in Olympia to oppose gun control

Roughly 1,500 protesters showed up at the Capitol to rally against gun restrictions.

The Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Roughly 1,500 protesters showed up at the Capitol to rally against gun restrictions.

The rally was part of Saturday's nationwide series of pro-firearms events dubbed "Guns Across America."

The Olympian reports ( http://is.gd/F8iKNl) some protesters carried handguns while others strapped rifles and semi-automatic weapons to their backs.

Tim Vinyard and his 9-year-old daughter Molly left Spokane at 5 a.m. to attend. Vinyard told the newspaper it's important that responsible gun owners are heard.

Molly, meanwhile, held a sign saying, "I trust my teacher to protect me." Molly said it means she wants her teacher to have a gun in case a bad guy comes in.

Former NFL tight end Clint Didier was among the speakers. He urged the crowd to stock up on food, guns, ammunition, communication devices and medicines.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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