A crowd of more than 150 people gathered near the Vance Monument Saturday to voice opposition to pending gun control legislation. Some of the protesters were openly armed. Organized via Facebook, the “Day of Resistance” rally drew gun advocates who feel that “the Constitution is being trampled.” Speeches by local conservative pundits Dr. Dan Eichenbaum and Dr. Carl Mumpower stressed gun ownership as a civil liberty in the face of an overbearing federal government.
Asheville police maintained a visible presence, but, according to officers on scene, the carrying of weapons by the protesters was not illegal.
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