FRANKFORT — The crowd was mostly men and mostly armed. Many were wearing camouflage.
And their rally had one central theme: Kentuckians would resist any attempts to chip away at their Second Amendment right to have guns.
“We can’t just whittle away one little piece here, one little piece there,” said Calen Studler of Frankfort. “Then the (U.S. Constitution) doesn’t mean what it says anymore.”
Studler, 42, also a candidate for the Kentucky Senate, was one of an estimated hundred-plus people who gathered at the state Capitol for the last of three gun-rights rallies in January, this one organized by the group We Are KY Gun Owners.
Many made their way into the Capitol, where they complied with security as they were directed to step around metal detectors while carrying their rifles and handguns. Some then posed for photos in the Rotunda, wearing dark ski masks as they displayed their rifles across their chests near the Abraham Lincoln statue.