Gun owners take to the streets

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Firearms owners rallied in their hundreds in Ashburton last weekend to raise concerns they were being tarred with the same brush as irresponsible people.
They want the Government to be fair and reasonable about any future gun regulations.
Around 300 people, young and old, gathered in the car park of the Ashburton RSA on Saturday morning to show their camaraderie, and voice concerns about the effects of proposed new rules on responsible gun owners.
Among those to take part were pistol shooters, representatives of
deerstalker associations from Mid and South Canterbury and North Otago, family groups, and individual gun owners and users.
They had white balloons and banners marked with #thatsnotus and as well as signs such as ‘Target criminals, He does the crime…we do the time’, ‘innocent
responsible Kiwis made to feel like criminals’ and ‘wait for the royal commission’.
The group were addressed by speakers before marching through downtown Ashburton, along East Street and back along West Street,
and congregating on the railway green opposite the Ashburton Art Gallery.