Second Amendment supporters rally at Indiana Statehouse for gun rights
The debate over gun control prompted a gun rally Friday at the Statehouse. Second Amendment supporters are worried that lawmakers will limit their rights.
Dozens of people carrying guns and holding signs picketed in front of the Statehouse.
Daniel Stahl took a day off work so he could attend the rally.
"People are taking a stand. I think they're simply not going to put up with it. We're Americans and we have rights under the constitution, which are being threatened right now. And we have to preserve that. Somebody's got to stand up," said Stahl.
Gun control advocates have also held rallies at the Statehouse. They believe Congress should prohibit military-style assault weapons and magazines that hold a large number of bullets.
President Obama's gun control proposals have been opposed by the National Rifle Association, which is a potent lobbying force on Capitol Hill. In addition, some Democrats - including many from rural or conservative areas - have been reluctant to endorse the president's plan.
Democrats in the US House of Representatives are looking at 15 proposals for curbing gun violence, including barring high-capacity magazines carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition, requiring background checks for all gun sales and prohibiting gun trafficking, all of which Obama proposed last month.
The gun control proposals represent the initial House Democratic response to the horrific Dec. 14 shooting of 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Democrats' proposals are unlikely to go anywhere quickly in the Republican-controlled House. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said the House will wait to see what the Democratic-led Senate does.