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Gun Rights Rally Questions

Updated: Monday, February 25 2013, 09:11 PM EST
An Asheville City councilman is asking why police failed to arrest people carrying rifles at a gun rights rally Saturday.
The city law says, "no firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind, as defined by federal, state, or local laws, may be possessed by any participant in a parade, or by any person engaged in picketing."
Councilman Cecil Bothwell says there was plenty of picketing at Saturday's rally and plenty of guns displayed in and around Pack Square.
About 100 people gathered there for what they called the "Day of Resistance".
It was part of a national movement to show lawmakers support for the constitution and that there's no need to make changes to gun laws.
Bothwell says the picketing and the rally is okay, but bringing guns and the open display of rifles crosses the line.
Cecil Bothwell, "I think the smart thing to do would have been to inform the organizers of the law, since they were apparently ignorant of the law, and tell the organizers to tell the people who planned to attend, not to bring guns." 
Bothwell says he's written inquiries to the chief of police and the city manager about why the law was not enforced.
He says he's concerned that if a gun had accidentally fired the city may have been liable for any injury or death.
We asked for a response to Bothwell's concerns from the police department but they said they have no comment at this time.
We'll have more reaction to Saturday's rally coming up live on News 13 tonight.

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