As March for Our Lives rallies advocating for gun control unfolded across the nation on Saturday, some cities saw dueling events staged by pro-gun activists.
The state capitals of Utah and Arizona saw supporters on both sides of the issue, though the size of the pro-gun rallies appeared to be markedly smaller.
About 500 pro-gun advocates in Salt Lake City rallied for stronger schools and more armed teachers as they marched to the state Capitol building. Later on, about 6,000 protesters fighting for stricter regulations on guns were seen walking the same route.
A similar scene played out in Phoenix, where around two dozen gun-rights advocates staged a counterprotest, holding flags and occasionally challenging their opponents to debate the issues. Their band of supporters was far smaller than the group of roughly 15,000 people rallying for stepped-up gun control, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
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