Hundreds of gun-rights activists rallied peacefully on Saturday,Feb. 8, 2020, at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City in response to recent bill proposals from state legislators, including red-flag laws, universal background checks and the elimination of private transfers.

Many in attendance openly carried their weapons, waved flags, carried signs and cheered on speakers touting second amendment rights.

“It’s not about helping people it’s about confiscating guns,” exclaimed Clark Aposhian, Chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, as he delivered the keynote address. Aposhian, a gun lobbyist who frequents the Capitol, touted the unmistakable influence of the gun lobby in Utah as he announced that “because of your efforts the red flag legislation in Utah is dead.”

Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, who has tried to push for “red-flag” legislation for years that would enable a judge to temporarily strip firearms from a person in crisis was unable to find the votes.