Trump supporters rally downtown with firearms

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ATLANTA - Supporters gathered for a pro-President Trump rally in downtown Atlanta.

The crowd met on Saturday afternoon at  Centennial Olympic Park. 

Those there told Channel 2 Action News that they are part of an area militia group, III% Security Force. 

The group was also serving as security for the event. 


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Members of the militia group said they were there to protect President Trump supporters. 

"We're using our second amendment rights to protect the first amendment rights," Chris Hill said. "Throughout the day we're going to have more people, more Trump supporters come to this corner, showing their support for President Trump. We are going to make sure that these people are safe and have the right to have their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation from any opposing groups." 

Hill said he has seen counter-protesters circling the block, but he and his group want to make sure things stay peaceful. 

"We want to make it known that this is a peaceful event and we're going to do everything in our power to make sure that remains the case," he said. 

Hill said he expected 20 to 30 people to show up for the rally. He said a permit is required if there are more than 35 people, but he did not think that would be the case.