Hey, I think it's funny that we both posted the same question. In case there are people reading your question in lieu of mine I have to post my opinion because I didn't care for the 2 answers I saw so far.
Yes, they were entitled to carry these weapons as far as the law is concerned. However, it seems like a very immature way to show off your rights. I doubt the man carrying the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle carries it with him everywhere, so why now? What is wrong with simple signs and writing letters to congress?
I just don't understand how these people think that they are going to change anti-gun people's minds if they scare and unsettle them by bringing weapons to a presidential event. Just because some people feel comfortable around guns, doesn't mean everyone does.
I grew up around guns. My father is a hunter. My hubby that I met in high schools father carries guns as a part of his armed security job. But still. I am not comfortable with anyone bringing guns to a protest when there are emotions running so high and people are riled up and strung out to begin with.
In my opinion it was tasteless, immature, wrong and will prove no points in their gun rights opinions. Period.
Ibredd- that makes no sense at all. There are many people in NY (or any other state, it sounds really dumb to assume NY is the place where *all* the crime is at) who carry guns regardless of the law...so how do carrying legally and illegally tie into crime? People will still carry them regardless.