More than 400 rally for gun rights at Delaware Capitol

People participate in a gun-rights rally in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April 14, 2018. The rally come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousand

People participate in a gun-rights rally in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April 14, 2018. The rally come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousand

Shaun Baby, of Cartersville, Ga., participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta.  About 40 gun rights

Shaun Baby, of Cartersville, Ga., participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta. About 40 gun rights

An attendee of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League's "Rally for Our Rights" possesses a handgun during a rally in support of gun rights at the Con

An attendee of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League's "Rally for Our Rights" possesses a handgun during a rally in support of gun rights at the Con

People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Indianapolis. The rally come less than three weeks after h

People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Indianapolis. The rally come less than three weeks after h

Senate candidate Todd Rokita speaks at a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Indianapolis. The rally come less than th

Senate candidate Todd Rokita speaks at a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Indianapolis. The rally come less than th

A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. About 100 gun rig

A rally attendee listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. About 100 gun rig

David Vannoy, of Indianola, Iowa, listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.

David Vannoy, of Indianola, Iowa, listens to a speaker during a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Pro-gun supporters wrapped in flags and carrying guns rally at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Saturday, April 14, 2018. The rallies come less

Pro-gun supporters wrapped in flags and carrying guns rally at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Saturday, April 14, 2018. The rallies come less

People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta.  About 40 gun rights supporters have gathered for

People participate in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta. About 40 gun rights supporters have gathered for

Flags wave at a pro-gun rally at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Saturday, April 14, 2018. The rallies come less than three weeks after hundred

Flags wave at a pro-gun rally at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Saturday, April 14, 2018. The rallies come less than three weeks after hundred

Andrew Norris, of Monroe, Ga.,participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta.  About 40 gun rights supp

Andrew Norris, of Monroe, Ga.,participates in a gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Atlanta. About 40 gun rights supp

The latest on gun rights rallies planned at state capitols across the U.S. (all times EST):

4:15 p.m.

Hundreds of people have gathered in front of Delaware's statehouse to support the right to keep and bear firearms.

Some of those who attended Saturday's rally on Dover's legislative mall openly carried rifles and handguns. Others carried American flags and flags reading "Don't Tread on Me."

An Associated Press reporter at the rally estimated more than 400 people were participating.

The gathering was one of several organized in state capitals around the country Saturday to reinforce gun rights. The rallies are in response to increased efforts to enact more firearms restrictions after a shooting at a Florida high school in February that left 17 dead.

Daniyel Baron helped organize the Delaware rally. The former Marine said he fears the current gun-restriction efforts are a precursor to eventual prohibition of all gun ownership.

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4 p.m.

Gun rights supporters gathered at the state Capitol in Atlanta for one of dozens of rallies planned at statehouses across the U.S.

According to The Associated Press' count, more than 135 attended the rally Saturday, and more were arriving. Most of them were armed and some held signs as they listened to speeches. A few people wearing "Black Lives Matter" T-shirts made videos, but didn't interact with the ralliers.

The rallies come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.

A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans says organizers have permits for gatherings in 45 states. They encouraged supporters to bring unloaded rifles in states where it's legal.

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2:28 p.m.

About 40 gun rights supporters have gathered at the state Capitol in Atlanta for one of dozens of rallies planned at statehouses across the U.S.

Saturday's rallies come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.

In Atlanta, a few people wearing "Black Lives Matter" T-shirts showed up at the rally and made videos, but didn't interact with the ralliers.

A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans is spreading word of the rallies on social media. Organizers say they have permits for gatherings in 45 states. They are encouraging supporters to bring unloaded rifles, but only in states where it's legal.

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11:26 a.m.

Gun rights supporters are expected to rally at state capitols across the U.S. to counter a recent wave of student-led protests against gun violence.

Saturday's rallies come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.

Organizers are encouraging gun rights supporters to bring unloaded rifles to the rallies.

A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans is spreading word of the gatherings on social media. Coalition co-founder David Clayton says organizers have permits for rallies Saturday in 45 states. He stressed that people should only bring guns in states where it's legal.