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Gun rights advocates decry proposed laws

Drawing a crowd of hundreds that spilled onto Beacon Street on Saturday afternoon, firearms advocates waved Revolutionary-era flags, hark back to historic battlefields, and quoted founding fathers as they decried legislation filed last week by Governor Deval Patrick that would place limits on certain firearms transactions and high-capacity cartridges.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed!” yelled Yang Li, 42, an engineer from Canton who was the first speaker at the ‘Guns Across America Rally’ in front of the State House, drawing up to 700 people. The rally was conceived through social media that spawned similar noontime rallies in other cities across the country, according to organizers.

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