SALEM, Ore. -- As the gun debate intensifies around the country, hundreds of people gathered across the street from the Oregon State Capitol Saturday to rally their support for the Second Amendment.
Nearly 2,000 people descended on Salem to defend their right to bear arms.
Organized by Oregon-based weapons manufacturers, this event comes as a response to a number of bills, including Senate Bill 501, which if passed would require gun owners get a permit before purchasing a firearm, add mandatory gun locks and limit ammunition purchases.
Gov. Kate Brown has made firearms legislation a priority and those backing the bills said it's a move to prevent gun violence.
Oregon Rep. Andrea Salinas said in a statement: "There is a balance that we can achieve in finding common sense gun safety solutions but we must commit to listen to one another."
However, the people at the rally said this legislation infringes on their rights.
Meanwhile, just blocks away, before the rally began Republican Joey Nations met with supporters to kick off his campaign for Congress in Oregon's 5th District where he spoke about gun rights.
"So, when you look at the infringement that's happening – not just in Oregon – but nationwide, you're talking about the first one to go...so when the Second Amendment is gone, everything else will follow," said Nations.
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