The rally – which was dubbed “We is not going to comply” – was in response to Home Invoice 228, a state legislation that Republicans tried to amend to guard the fitting to hold sure firearms. The legislators by chance miswrote the modification to ban – fairly than shield – the firearms in query, and the amended invoice went into legislation.
The ban would have been efficient as of Wednesday, however emergency laws was handed to repair the error.
“The legislation in Ohio was amended, and so we should be rejoiced in that reality,” mentioned Ryian Moore, a militia member based mostly in Ohio. “If not, we’d all be felons proper now as a result of we possess AR-15’s.”
Had the inaccurate invoice not been mounted with emergency laws, the occasion “We Will Not Comply” would have been a civil disobedience occasion, the place the weapons they carried could be freshly unlawful.
The rallygoers numbered within the low tons of. Roughly a dozen antifascist (“Antifa”) protesters confirmed as much as counter-demonstrate.
Antifa mentioned they don’t oppose gun rights on precept, however took exception to the III%’er militia teams that participated within the “We Will Not Comply” coalition and the waving of a Accomplice flag by one participant.
“I don’t even assume if I requested any of them ‘why are you right here’ they’d have a solution,” mentioned Princess Kuevor of the counter-demonstrators. “We’re right here due to laws that was tried to be handed. In the present day, in the event that they wouldn’t have mounted it throughout the final three weeks, this may have been an act of civil disobedience. So I’m unsure why they’re right here.”
“I used to be extra decided than ever to get right here as a result of no person ought to must ask to be free,” added Penny Rutter, a pro-gun activist.