Anti-gun violence demonstrators are met by counter-protesters carrying weapons - including an AR-15 - at rally in Phoenix

eng   Yanditswe na: 25 March 2018 Yasuwe: 8124

- An estimated 15,000 people marched through Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday
- They were met with a few dozen counter-protesters holding their guns
- People reported some with AR-15s and hand guns in the crowd during the march
- Arizona allows its residents to open-carry without needing a license or permit

People marching against gun violence were met with counter-protesters in Arizona on Saturday, some of whom were carrying guns openly on their hips.

An estimated 15,000 people attended the March for Our Lives ’sibling’ protest in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday.

But these marchers were met with a few dozen counter-protesters who were standing up for their second amendment rights.

Some of these counter-protesters reportedly brought their AR-15s and other weapons to the event to show the marchers that their gun-totting rights would not be impacted.

Arizona has some of the most lenient gun regulations in the country.

The state allows its residents who are over the age of 21 to carry a weapon, both concealed and in the open, without a license.

Most other states require for someone to obtain a concealed-carry permit before they can hoist around their own gun.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the march totaled an estimated 15,000 people.

Officials confirmed that no arrests were made despite confrontations between both parties.

The two sides reportedly faced off throughout the march where some would yell at each other while others would participate in passionate debates.

But the counter-protesters got lost in the large crowd as their small numbers were unable to measure up to the 15,000 who marched through the city in an effort to end gun violence.

Salt Lake City, Utah, saw similar battles between marchers and counter-protesters.

An estimated 8,000 people marched through the city to join the more than 800 March for Our Lives events around the world.

But these people were met with approximately 1,000 people who were fighting for their second-amendment rights.

Similar to Arizona, Utah also has open-carry laws that allow people to bring their guns out in public without needing a permit.

Counter-protesters were seen with hand guns hoisted on their hips and AR-15s slung around their shoulders.

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