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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Gun activists held a rally at the U.S. Courthouse Plaza in downtown Spokane, but no arrests were immediately made. The rally was prompted by the February 25 arrest of a Yakima gun enthusiast. At its height there were about 30 demonstrators carrying semi-automatic rifles over their shoulders. A law enforcement helicopter flew overheard monitoring the situation.

One of the demonstrators, Erik Olson, said today's event was about proving a point. "A lot of people think we're doing it the wrong way," he says. "They think we're making too loud of a stance." But, he says, their right to bear arms will not be trampled upon. "It's getting to a point where they're starting to make restrictions like not allowing us on to the public property!"

The protesters made the point that being armed in the courtyard should be allowed. The feds say it's not after a Monday ruling banned firearms outside the federal building, as well as inside. Protesters say what they really want is for the Yakima protester's guns to be returned.

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