Armed demonstrators stroll through St. Louis

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.''
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,"