Rallies, Gun-Business Boost Mark Gun Appreciation Day


Gun-rights supporters were out in full force Saturday.

They were turning out at gun stores, ranges, and state capitol buildings across the country, on what's been proclaimed the first-ever "Gun Appreciation Day".

A rally in the Illinois capitol was organized by a group calling itself "Guns Across America".

The purpose: To show lawmakers their opposition to new gun control laws.

Earlier this week, President Obama presented a package of proposals to overhaul the nation's gun laws, including a renewed federal ban on military-style assault weapons.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vowed to pursue a statewide assault weapons ban.

For his part, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he does not expect to see any significant changes to the gun laws in his state.

Even so, hundreds of Iowans gathered in Des Moines for an hour-long "Guns Across America" rally there.

Gun Appreciation Day made for a bit of a gun-business boost here in the Quad Cities Area.

Turnout for Duck Creek Armory's concealed carry class Saturday was more than triple what they have seen in previous classes.

Shooting Sports Unlimited said they also had more people than normal at the shooting range this weekend - and many of them are new faces.

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