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Second amendment rally held in Sioux Falls

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A rally supporting second amendment rights was held in Sioux Falls Saturday. 

The group discussion largely expressed concern over federal measures that would impact second amendment rights. 

Allen Unruh, one of the event organizers, spoke on the increasing number of federal bill proposals involving gun laws over the last year. 

"Since 1934 there's only been eight pieces of Federal legislation that threatened the second amendment, but just in the last year, there has been over 30 pieces of legislation not counting the 23 executive actions made by the president," said Unruh. 

Two South Dakota lawmakers spoke on the second amendment legislation making its way through the state legislature this year; both expressed a firm belief that any bill limiting the right to bear arms would not pass at the state level. 

In addition to lawmakers, the rally included NRA supporters, concerned citizens and comments from a local law enforcement officer. 

"I firmly believe in second amendment rights and you know the rights of law abiding citizens to own firearms and use them for any lawful purpose," said Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson.  

While Sheriff Johnson is a strong supporter of second amendment rights, he doesn't believe the Federal Government will ever pass legislation that would truly threaten an American's right to bear arms.

However, a majority of the rally's attendees firmly opposed any federal legislation that could alter second amendment rights.

 An a national level, a new USA Today Pew Research Poll showed 46 percent of Americans believe passing new gun legislation should be a federal priority this year while 29 percent agree with the rally attendees, saying gun laws should not be addressed at all.

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