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Men walk downtown streets with shotguns to protest gun control

A Mossberg 590 Shotgun. (Please note that police have not said what type of shotgun the suspects were carrying.)

Gun rights advocates have been on the defensive after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week, but that didn’t stop one group in Sacramento from demonstrating their opposition to gun control in a way that was sure to get attention. 

Sacramento police questioned and then released a group of men who walked down one of the city’s busiest streets with shotguns over their shoulders Sunday evening.

Two of the men in the group were carrying shotguns when police stopped them at 10th and J streets around 9:20 p.m., according to officer Michelle Gigante. They were found to be in compliance with current open carry laws as the guns were not loaded, Gigante said.

One of the suspects told officers that they wanted to carry the guns in public before it becomes illegal, Gigante said.

The state legislature passed a law in August that bans the carrying of long guns or rifles and shotguns outside of motor vehicles. That law will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Supporters of the law cited the danger posed by mass shootings, including the one in Aurora, Colo., while opponents said it targeted law abiding citizens and was "fear mongering."

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