Hundreds of supporters showed up for the Gun Appreciation Day rally Saturday, held at noon on the steps of the state capitol in Hartford.
The Hartford rally is affiliated with a group called “Guns Across America,’’ which is sponsoring rallies in state capitols across the country, but falls on the same day as “Gun Appreciation Day,” a widely publicized event organized by a different group.
Four speakers had been lined up for Saturday’s rally and event organizer Dave Ouimette, of Norwich, was expecting between 200 and 400 people to attend.
Saturday also happens to be the day before President Obama is officially sworn in for his second term, and the timing of the event drew criticism from people across the country, especially because it falls on Martin Luther King weekend.
“My main goal is that everyone’s under the same understanding that we are there to stand up for our Second Amendment rights, not to be used as an example,” Ouimette said before the event. “We’re already labeled as the bad guys.”