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At least 2,000 bikers made their way to the State Capitol Monday morning for a day of lobbying. Gun rights are one of the issues topping their list of priorities.

"They're going to try to take our guns because some looney toon killed a bunch of people," said John Johnson.

He says that's one of several reasons he is under the dome Monday. He joined thousands of his fellow motorcycle riders from all over the state as they all made their way to the Capitol. During the annual event riders visit their representative to talk about the issues that affect them.

"This country was founded where we all had guns, the right to bear arms," said Johnson.

Sherri Thompson also made it a point to bring up the topic to her representative John Davis out of Houston.

"The federal government should not be able to come in and tell Texas that we have to do something that us Texans don't want to do," she said.

It's with that same idea that House District 15 Rep Steve Toth announced he will be filing a bill that would make a federal ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines unenforceable in Texas.

In a news release Toth says "The overreach of the Federal administrations executive orders that are, do not align with the constitution, are not very popular here in Texas" he said.

Susan and Dan Cothran like the sound of that and they too wanted to make sure their Rep Jim Pitts was on their side.

"We feel we need to keep it like it is and we hope that they'll be able to do that," said Susan.

They met with Pitts Monday and were content with what they heard.

"What he told us basically is he is against any type of gun control," said Dan.

It was a good and productive day at the Capitol, they said before heading back home southeast of Dallas in Henderson County.

Under Toth's proposal anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face felony charges. Wyoming is also working on similar legislation.

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