Blount Co. residents speak out against gun control

Blount Co. residents speak out against gun control

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"Talking about magazines, limiting the capacity of magazines, limiting the type of gun you can own, international registration. There is no need in invading the people's rights and privacy like that," said Lt. Randy Ailey. "Talking about magazines, limiting the capacity of magazines, limiting the type of gun you can own, international registration. There is no need in invading the people's rights and privacy like that," said Lt. Randy Ailey.
"I'm more than happy to voice my opinion, not just as a mayor, but as a citizen. I think we all have that right. I think more people need to do that," said Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell. "I'm more than happy to voice my opinion, not just as a mayor, but as a citizen. I think we all have that right. I think more people need to do that," said Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - As leaders in Washington continue to advocate for stronger gun laws, President Obama recently pressed Congress to introduce an assault weapons ban.  

As the gun control talks have heated up, Blount County Sheriff's Lieutenant Randy Ailey has been inspired to stand up for the Second Amendment rights he feels are being threatened.  

"Talking about magazines, limiting the capacity of magazines, limiting the type of gun you can own, international registration. There is no need in invading the people's rights and privacy like that," said Ailey.  

Ailey, acting as a citizen, teamed up with Michael Walker, an employee at Bill's Outpost, a gun store in Alcoa.

The two organized the Blount County Second Amendment rally, which is planned for Saturday at noon.  

The word has spread through Facebook; 220 people have said they're attending and organizers expect more to show up.  

"I think support for the Second Amendment, for our Bill of Rights is a good thing," said Ron Saults, a Seymour resident planning to attend the rally.  

Organizers also invited several state legislators and local government leaders. 

Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell, a gun rights and Second Amendment supporter, was invited to speak at the meeting.  

"I'm more than happy to voice my opinion, not just as a mayor, but as a citizen. I think we all have that right. I think more people need to do that," said Mitchell.  

Organizers request those who plan to attend to dress professionally and to not bring rifles or shotguns.  

Those with a valid Tennessee Carry Permit can carry on the property outside the courthouse, but not inside or on the property of the adjacent city park.  

"We're not there to look threatening, we're not being threatening. We just want people to know that we want our rights, everybody needs their rights, don't be taking ours away," said Ailey.  

The rally is expected to last between an hour and a half to two hours.  

A spokesperson for the Blount County Sheriff's office sent out a news release about the rally, but says the office has no official involvement.

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