Armed crowd marches through downtown St. Louis

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Dozens of armed demonstrators have marched through the downtown St. Louis to confirm their right to carry firearms openly in public. Only some 10 policemen watched the march without much interest, even after the group met counter protesters.

A heavily armed crowd of over 40 people marched on Saturday afternoon from the Citygarden to the Gateway Arch, openly displaying their arsenal. A group of some 10 police officers took a note of the gathering, but did not follow or otherwise intervene with the group armed with pistols and rifles, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.  

The event, organized by Jeffry Smith, comes after a state constitutional amendment was passed in August strengthening the right to own firearms. In a separate law Missouri legislators effectively removed municipal bans on openly carrying weapons. Both laws combined make it legal for anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a weapon openly.

The demonstration was called “to exercise the newly codified rights in the Missouri Constitution,” Smith told St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The event Saturday was intended to demonstrate everyone that open carry is indeed legal, Smith added.

Once the pro-gun activists reached the Citygarden, a larger group of counter protester gathered alongside in a “die-in” protest. They used chalk outlines of bodies on the ground bearing the names of people shot by police. “Open carry is indecent exposure,” read one sign.

Both rallies, which the Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay called a “scene out of a bad Western,” ended peacefully.

“This is not Deadwood, South Dakota in the 1870s,” he said. “In Deadwood, there was no law, but in Missouri, it is the law,” he said. “I don’t know what is worse.”

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12 thoughts on “Armed crowd marches through downtown St. Louis

  1. “Both rallies, which the Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay called a “scene out of a bad Western,” ended peacefully.

    “This is not Deadwood, South Dakota in the 1870s,” he said. “In Deadwood, there was no law, but in Missouri, it is the law,” he said. “I don’t know what is worse.”

    That would likely be my stance, if I were a POS communist traitor politician.

    They hung criminals back in the Deadwood, S.D. days too, @sswipe.

    1. “Looks like saint louie could be the flashpoint.”

      More like “a” flashpoint. St Louis is no exception; tensions are brewing in most major US cities. Guns aren’t necessary to start a riot or a revolution — all it takes are flammable differences of opinion and one spark of physical opposition.

  2. I especially like that the oppponents used the names of those shot by police and not standard boring citizens.

  3. Oh gee…wow… You exercised your Right to Bear Arms. Big Friggin deal! 🙄

    Why don’t you exercise your Right to USE those Arms to arrest the government bastards who are terrorizing your town.

    Enough with the protest shit. ACT! 😡

  4. What?!?
    The peoples gun’s didn’t just start killing people!

    This is completely unbelievable – GUNS KILL

    Where is Chrissy Boy & Rachel Mad Cow?

  5. “A group of some 10 police officers took note of the gathering but did not follow or otherwise intervene” because they needed to go change their shorts from pissing and shitting all over themselves! F’n cowards, wimps, idiotic morons, and sissy boy courage in the face of what, 40 armed citizens! I can’t wait to chase these sob’s into the hills and settle this crap once and for all!

    1. Damn straight, brother! I was thinking the same thing. If these people were all unarmed, you’d see the cops pull out the pepper spray and tasers and beat the people down so fast, your head would spin. But when the people are armed, they quietly wonder off like demons afraid of the light.

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