Kirkland

Gun rally: 'It's a fundamental right of every American'

Gun rally: 'It's a fundamental right of every American'
KIRKLAND, Wash. - Gun advocates rallied across Washington state Saturday to protect their right to bear arms after President Obama's executive order to toughen gun laws.

In Kirkland, nearly 100 people gathered for a rally there - all to have their voices heard and protect gun owners.

The gun advocates are protesting President Obama's executive actions. Last month, he signed into law 23 executive actions intended to reduce gun violence.

The order came in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut where 20 children and six adults were killed.

"I think it's a fundamental right of every American to be able to defend themselves," said Peter Haigh, a gun rights advocate who attended the Kirkland rally.

Haigh started carrying after someone broke into his home about two years ago. It happened while he and his wife were sleeping.

"It was terrible," he says. "It takes everything away from you including your trust of mankind."

Across the street one gun control supporter, Stuart Dahlquist, was armed with just a sign.

"I'm tired of guns I'm tired of them being everywhere," he said. "I'm not against the idea of owning a gun. I'm against the idea of assault weapons - of people owning a gun and not having them registered."

But the gun rights advocates at the rally say they fear tighter restrictions would trickle down to law enforcement.

"We don't want to be like another nation and restrict our local law enforcement from having the firearms they need to protect us when we don't have a firearm or they respond to a scene," said Jacob Kukuk.

Despite their differences, both sides agree there needs to be discussion on gun laws.

"Nobody said this would be easy, but it's totally worth it, and it's going to take a long time to deal with everybody's opinions, and we've got to start somewhere," said Dahlquist.