‘‘It’s about fighting tyranny,’’ said Debbie Ferris, who has been an NRA member for five years. Her 35-year-old husband is a lifetime member.
‘‘We don’t like to be pushed around,’’ Daniel Ferris said. ‘‘We are free Americans.’’
Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee and ex-Alaska governor, spoke to personal freedoms at the political rally as well, saying NRA members should ‘‘keep the faith’’ and ‘‘stand up and fight for our freedoms.’’
But gun control supporters promise to keep pressing the issue and have made significant strides at the state level.
Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, has said he will re-introduce the bill to require criminal and mental health background checks for gun buyers at shows and online.
Colorado lawmakers recently passed new restrictions on firearms, including required background checks for private and online gun sales and a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Connecticut added more than 100 firearms to the state’s assault weapons ban and now requires background checks for private gun sales.
Maryland and New York have passed sweeping new guns laws, and in Washington state, supporters of universal background checks recently announced a statewide campaign to collect 300,000 signatures to take the issue straight to voters.
‘‘There are 90 percent of Americans that support this,’’ Lafferty said. ‘‘We are not going away. It’s a huge issue.’’