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Rally celebrates Second Amendment
by Steve Beavers
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Nick Uhrmacher brought his AR-15 rifle as he and his wife, Jennifer, were on hand to support the right of open carry in the state.
Nick Uhrmacher brought his AR-15 rifle as he and his wife, Jennifer, were on hand to support the right of open carry in the state.
Josh Scarborough drove close to two hours to celebrate his 28th birthday.

Not only was he commemorating another year, but the freedoms handed down by the United State Constitution.

Scarborough and his wife, Shauna, wanted to be part of the Second Amendment Firearm Freedom Day sponsored by the Alcorn County Patriots after seeing the announcement of the event on Facebook.

"I love hearing all knowledge about guns," he said of the rally on the grounds of the Alcorn County Courthouse. "When I heard about the rally, 'I told my wife this is what I want to do for my birthday."'

The Scarboroughs were part of around 300 hundred people who turned out to honor local legislators for their support of Mississippi House Bill 2.

"Guns are where the federal government is attacking us first," said Scarborough. "The state is on our side when it comes to this."

The event went on as scheduled despite the injunction of Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd, blocking the gun law from taking effect earlier in the week. A hearing is set for Monday to decide if the injunction will be extended.

On Saturday, those who attended the rally were able to carry firearms as long as they were unloaded. Pistols had to be holstered while rifles and shotguns had to be kept over the carrier's shoulder and muzzle down.

"I think today is a good thing," said Nick Uhrmacher, while his AR-15 rifle was strung over his shoulder. "Events like this don't need to go away … I am not one to carry my rifle everywhere I go, but today was about making a statement."

Uhrmacher's wife, Jennifer, was also carrying during the event.

"It's our constitutional right and is supposed to be upheld," she said. "If it is taken away, what is next?"

State lawmakers passed House Bill 2 during their 2013 session. Supporters of the bill said it makes clear those in Mississippi do not need any kind of state-issued permit to carry a gun that is not concealed.

"We want gun-grabbing liberals, wherever they are, to know we are not going to put up with it in Mississippi," said one of the rally organizers Bobby McDaniel. "Today we have taken a big bite out of the liberals' behind."

Several local legislators, including state representatives Nick Bain, Bubba Carpenter, and Tracy Arnold, and state senator Rita Parks spoke to the crowd.

"All of the speakers have been absolutely fantastic," said McDaniel. "It has been so dynamic, that we plan to have it again next year."

Belmont's Chris Seaborn was glad to see so many people out "to celebrate their Second Amendment right."

"It's what the country needs to get back to what we believe in," he said.
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