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Armed Gun Activists Protest In VA National Parks

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By Michael Pope

In Virginia, activists are showing their support of the Second Amendment and they’ve come bearing arms.

About 75 people brought loaded handguns and unloaded rifles to Fort Hunt Park in Fairfax County and Gravelly Point Park in Arlington County today. Organizers dubbed the event a "Restore the Constitution" rally. Tim Hammond came all the way from Long Beach California because, he says, the government is out of control.

"They know what they're doing; this isn't a mistake," he says. "It isn't mismanagement. They know what they are doing, which is bringing down the U.S. in order to create a one-world government. They have to destroy the U.S--this is their agenda."

Organizers say this is the first armed rally in a national park since a recently enacted federal law allowing people to carry firearms in national parks was passed. Detractors say the guns are intimidating, and that they don't belong in national parks.

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Martina Lyons lives in Burke, and came to the Fort Hunt rally to show her displeasure.

"These people who are rallying here today, they are very subversive," she says. "And it's not just virulent talk. It's action. They really, truly believe that the federal government should be overthrown."

Despite concerns about safety, Park police said the event went off without any problems.

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