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Rockford anti-gun group protests concealed carry


In less than a month, a law allowing Illinois citizens to carry a firearm will go into effect. A group of anti-gun protesters are up in arms about the future of concealed carry.

The group 'MoveOn' rallied in front of Dick's Sporting Goods in Rockford last month. This time, they're at Gander Mountain. They say they want to see all guns taken off the shelves, and out of the hands of citizens.

"Even when people buy guns legally like they could from Gander Mountain, they are very often stolen and then those stolen guns are used for crimes. You are not safe if you own a gun and you keep it in your house," says Jude Wrzesinski, organizer for the Rockford chapter.

Building a platform off of chants like, "guns kill children" and "remember Sandy Hook", protesters look to prevent concealed carry from becoming a reality in Illinois.

"It's horrible, it should be rescinded," says Wrzesinski.

Annie Davis lost her grandson in 2010 to gun violence. She believes allowing citizens to carry will increase the number shootings in Rockford. "I mean is this Dodge City? Have we gotten to the point where we all need a gun and a holster?" asks Davis.

Gun rights advocates, like Kenny Polhamus, have countered protester's arguments in the past. Today they chose not to.

"They're just so misinformed they have no idea what they're protesting." Polhamus recalled their last rally, saying, "They said that they were there protesting Dick's selling AR-style rifles. And I'm like' Dick's doesn't sell AR-style rifles', and the one lady, she says, 'Well then why are we here?' I said 'That's a very good question.'"

He says, the anti-gun group is being insensitive to families who lost loved ones in mass shootings.

"Any tragedy happens and they're right on top of it, using it for their agenda."

MoveOn group leaders say their plan is to hold protests like this every month, in front of a different gun retailer each time.

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