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Aug 4, 2013 8:52 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Men Carrying Loaded Rifles March Down Shoreline

CORPUS CHRISTI - A group of 2nd Amendment advocates marched down Shoreline with loaded rifles strapped to their backs this morning.

The national group is called "Come and Take it America". They say they want the public to be aware of their right to openly and peacefully carry shotguns and rifles in public.

About 45 to 50 people participated in the walk. The group says they got a great reaction from people along Shoreline.

Police were informed ahead of time about the walk. We're told only one person called 911. Police tell us while it is legal to carry in public, they do admit it's not exactly a demonstration they would want to see everyday.

"I mean there's ways to get things done, other than you just walking down the street with a rifle on your back," Lt. Michael Pena says.

C.J. Grisham was part of the walk today. He says it's people that kill people and not guns.

"A gun is just a tool that in the hands of a wrong person can cause problems, but most people are law abiding citizens," he says.

Police also emphasized that it's what you do with the gun that's an important factor. If you just carry it peacefully, then there usually isn't a problem. But if you start pointing it at someone, or waving it around, then police might have to get involved.

Certainly an intense demonstration today to send a message.

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