Armed demonstrators stroll through St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Armed demonstrators have taken to the streets in St. Louis to assert their right to openly carry firearms.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about 40 people participated in Saturday's demonstration. They carried pistols in holsters and had long guns slung from their shoulders as they walked from a park to the Gateway Arch. Counter-protesters met them along the way.

The demonstration comes after voters in August passed a state constitutional amendment strengthening the right to own firearms. The Missouri legislature passed a separate law that effectively removes municipal bans on openly carrying weapons.

The combination appears to make it legal for anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a weapon openly as well.

Mayor Francis Slay called the armed stroll a ``scene out of a bad western.''
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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