Man protests with AK-47 outside KC federal courthouse

Published On: Jan 22 2013 09:16:30 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 09:18:24 AM HST

A man with an unloaded AK-47 rifle marched back and forth in front of the Kansas City federal courthouse for about 30 minutes Friday morning.

Stan Nyhart, who resides in Hickory County, said he is upset with President Barack Obama's proposal to ban military-style assault rifles like his.

"My point is, when you take an oath to protect and defend the constitution, that's just what it means," he said. "Obama is a traitor."

KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported that Nyhart was watched closely by police during his protest march at the foot of the courthouse steps.

The police said Nyhart informed them in advance of his protest. Police said his weapon was checked. It was not loaded, and his protest was legal. He drew several stares from people who walked by him.

Nyhart said that where he lives, his neighbors all have weapons like his. He said Obama's viewpoint on the gun issue is skewed.

"He's too urban in his view of things. Most of the country are rural people who have these things," he said.

He said he believes efforts to curb the sale of military-style guns are part of a larger plan, something he considers an attack on his liberties.

"Liberals, progressives, Democrats, socialists, try taking my rights away," he said.


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