An anti-gun rally in Eugene, Ore., drew a crowd on Saturday afternoon — just a really small one. The Washington Times reports that 20 people, including the media, attended the rally supporting a ban on so-called “assault weapons.” It wasn’t clear how many members of the media were covering the event.
Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy also showed up at the rally held at the Eugene Wayne Morris Free Speech Plaza. The event was hosted by Ceasefire Oregon, an anti-gun lobbying group.
Ceasefire Oregon spokesman Baldr Odinson argued semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines have “no place in the civilian sector” and urged lawmakers to ban them. The anti-gun group also holds year-round gun buyback programs.
The crowd was lacking in enthusiasm and excitement, an atmosphere that was “bordering on complacency,” the Examiner reports. The site writes that the poor turnout “mirrors the sentiment of the majority as to pending heightened state and federal gun control.”
Lawmakers in Oregon recently proposed legislation that would make it illegal to possess or transfer an so-called “assault weapon” or large capacity magazine. Violating the law would be punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both.
Last week, the National Rifle Association held a massive pro-gun rally in Albany, N.Y., where thousands of people protested the state’s strict gun laws at the State Capitol.