The smell of gunpowder was in the air Friday afternoon, as supporters of the right to bear arms, led by , gathered for a at the Lemon Grove Gun Club.
Jones said the event was intended to help "spread awareness about the Second Amendment and firearm safety."
The Assemblymember gave a statement about gun rights—specifically about a number of bills that have come before the California State Assembly that he said would curb gun ownership rights. Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, also spoke about protecting Second Amendment rights at a state and federal level.
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The Gun Club offered attendees a no-cost chance to shoot a .22 rifle at targets or a pump action shotgun shooting at clay pigeons flying through the air. The club gave an in-depth safety briefing beforehand and club members volunteered to supervise shooters.
The event was timed to coincide with Constitution Week—which annually runs from Sept.17 to 23. Assemblymember Jones said the purpose of the event was to "educate his constituents on the importance of the Second Amendment of our Constitution and society."
Jones said he recently spoke on the Assembly floor in defense of Second Amendment gun ownership rights.
Many members of the club came out and shot well, a kid or two partook, many tried a firearm they hadn't used before, and it was one shooter's first time.
Alpine came out to supply some food and beverages for the event.