SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Protesters packed heat on Utah's capitol hill to protest gun control and to send a message to State lawmakers.
This rally began on State Street. Gun supporters marched up Capitol Hill as a symbolic gesture of their political march to defend the Second Amendment.
Many at the rally had large guns strapped to their backs as their children carried toy guns.
President Obama says he's not going to ban guns, but he would like to restrict assault weapons and create a national gun registry and this is where the battle lines are drawn.
Gun-rights advocates say a gun registry could be used to confiscate guns in the future and restricting assault weapons is the first step to more restrictions.
This Utah pro-gun rally is focusing all its attention on State lawmakers in the hopes they'll take the fight to President Obama.
"Trying to get Governor Herbert and all the rest of the senators in Congress to recognize the Second Amendment and not try to tear it apart piece by piece," said Jared Robertson as he marched in the rally.
One man suggests the pro-gun rally may backlash.
"It's disturbing to me to see guns on the State Capitol. I don't see any need for a gun. We have armed police everywhere," said Derek Kitchen as he watched the rally.
He supports President Obama regulating guns and fears too many gun rights could results in more harm.
A pro-gun rally with protesters carrying guns on Utah's Capitol hill was Organized February 8, 2013.