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Armed protesters gathered at Capitol over the weekend
(Bob Daemmrich)

Heavily armed men rallied at the Texas Capitol in favor of their Second Amendment rights.

Armed gun rights advocates gathered outside of the Texas Capitol to rally for their Second Amendment rights on Sunday.


Although the demonstration occurred so close to Inauguration Day—it had nothing to do with the election, according to those in attendance. Several protesters told KVUE that the rally had been planned for months and the group has no desire to be connected to the Capitol riots.

Up to 100 showed up in attendance. Some were part of the Hibiscus Society, the Austin American-Statesman reports, which is a pro-gun rights group part of an anti-government extremist movement.

A small group rallied at the state Capitol on Saturday, as well. At least one man in attendance was armed and a photo on social media shows a protester with a knife and zip-ties attached to his belt.

On Friday, the Texas DPS abruptly closed the state Capitol and increased security on the grounds after receiving intelligence of possible "violent extremists."

Despite concerns, the armed protesters this past weekend remained peaceful.

The Capitol will remain closed until Wednesday as more demonstrations are expected throughout the week.


More on the Capitol protests:

Increased police, an adjourned Legislature and boarded-up storefronts: Austin preps for Inauguration Day protests(Christa McWhirter)

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