Only 2 People Showed Up To July 4 Richmond Open Carry Demonstration

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Two Richmond, Va. open carry advocates organized a demonstration in the city’s Carytown neighborhood on July 4, but they were the only two people to attend.

They invited more than 300 people on Facebook to walk down one of the city’s main streets openly carrying handguns, rifles and long guns, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Organizer Jason Spitzer, a Chesterfield County steel mill worker, was unable to explain the low turnout.

“I don’t know why,” he told the Times-Dispatch.

Spitzer said he thought Independence Day was the perfect day to “spread Constitutional awareness” and promote Second Amendment rights.

“But even if nobody came I’d still walk,” he said. “It’s the Fourth of July and I love my country.”

Open carry demonstrations have gained a lot of attention recently, particularly the group Open Carry Texas.

The group has staged protests at Chipotle and Target, prompting both chains to ask customers to refrain from bringing guns into the establishments.

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