Both sides of the gun control issue rally supporters
Perez is openly passionate about his Second Amendment rights, stressing the notion that there are still good guys with guns.
Perez was one of about 100 people gathered at City Hall Plaza participating in two opposing rallies. The Organizing For Action group hosted a gun violence prevention rally, while the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition spearheaded a simultaneous counter-rally supporting gun rights.
Deidre Reynolds, volunteer with the Organizing For Action Nashua Chapter, maintained that the majority of New Hampshire voters support measures to prevent gun violence. Specifically, she said, there are loopholes when purchasing guns online and at gun shows.
Urging common-sense gun violence prevention legislation, Keith Thompson of the Brookline Democrats said Ayotte needs to have the courage to do what is right for New Hampshire.
New Hampshire voters will send a clear message to Ayotte when they do not reelect her to office, said state Rep. Pam Brown of Nashua, who hopes Ayotte will ignore her "Republican marching orders" and instead listen to her constituents.
"I don't carry all the time, but when I do carry, it is for my safety and my family's safety," said Randall.
"I am here to support my gun rights," said Evans, who was pleased that so many pro-gun activists were present on Saturday.
"The criminals will always get the guns," she maintained. "All this will do is make it more difficult to share a gun at a target range or loan a gun to a relative."
John Hanson of Merrimack said it is the many victims of Newtown, Columbine, Aurora and Virginia Tech that must be remembered when discussing background checks.
"A little bit of sensible gun control doesn't sound like a bad idea," said Hanson, who was holding a sign that said three out of four Granite State residents are unhappy that Ayotte voted against expanded background checks.