INVERNESS, FL (WFLA) – More than 300 people marched through the streets of Inverness in Citrus County to show their support for the Second Amendment on the morning of Fourth of July.
Many carried American flags on this Independence Day, and all marchers carried loaded guns.
“I believe in the American right to be able to bear arms and not have anybody try to take them away,” said participant Terry Stimpfling.
Terry Hallinan owns Florida Gun Supply. This is the second year he has organized the event.
After the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the gun debate is more heated than ever.
“We’re demonstrating to the rest of America – to anyone listening – that the law-abiding citizens no longer are going to sit idly by and watch the country go to hell,” Hallinan said.
He tells 8 On Your Side that he was dismayed by the recent actions of democratic lawmakers who staged a sit-in on the House floor as a way to pressure republicans to hold votes on gun-control measures.
“We’re law-abiding,” said Robert Donnelly. “We’re not bad. We’re not doing anything wrong. We’re just marching.”
Marchers were allowed to openly carry as long as the event ended at a gun range, which was what Hallinan planned.