Lansing -- About 500 people rallied at the State Capitol building in support of gun owners' rights and opposed the push for tougher gun laws.
Many of those there belong to groups like Michigan Open Carry and Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. Some carried handguns and rifles with them and held signs that read "hands off my guns."
They began their day by marching to the Capitol.
"I believe the more people that are armed, the better off we are. A lot of people think we're nuts, but you can look around and see that I'm not standing alone today," said Robert Dunning, a retired marine from Fenton.
A much smaller group was also there from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that formed the day after the shooting in Newtown that left 26 people dead.
"We are totally in agreement with the Second Amendment. We understand that people in the United States have a right to have guns. We just don't think they have a right to have any guns," said Linda Brundage, leader of the Michigan Chapter.
They say they're here to fight for banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines and implementing universal background checks.