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.
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Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
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Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
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