KITTERY – Several dozen protesters, including some New Hampshire high school students, are protesting a Kittery store selling assault-style rifles.

James Cross of Manchester joins a large group of counterprotesters.

The protest Saturday in front of the Kittery Trading Post follows a letter from several Maine and New Hampshire lawmakers asking the store to restrict gun sales and discontinue sales of what the lawmakers call assault-style rifles.

Democratic Rep. Peter Somssich said several dozen protesters and counterprotesters gathered outside the store Saturday.

A representative of Kittery Trading Post didn’t immediately provide comment Saturday.

The protest is the latest effort by gun control advocates to target retailers that sell assault weapons following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and other high-profile shootings. Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods decided they would no longer sell “assault weapons” or firearms to people under age 21.


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