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WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

More than 100 local gun owners will go to Boston Wednesday to rally in support of gun ownership.

It comes in the wake of changing gun laws on a national and statewide level.

"The gun is getting blamed for people faults," said Francis Mitchell.

Mitchell is a gun owner and secretary of membership at the Westfield's Sportsmen's Club.

He and other local gun owners will board a bus Wednesday to rally in support of the Second Amendment - a right they say is close to being stripped away.

"Those of us law-abiding citizens that enjoy the shooting sports are taking the brunt of the attack," Mitchell said.

He's talking about major changes to legislation across the country.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick is proposing legislation that would restrict gun owners to buying one firearm a month.

In Connecticut, lawmakers say they are on the verge of passing legislation that would expand the assault weapons ban, allow no more than 10 rounds in a magazine, force long-guns and ammunition to be registered, and create a dangerous weapon offender registry.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy calls them some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

"This package of laws that was drafted in Connecticut on a bi-partisan basis is a very strong statement to the rest of the country," he said.

The legislation is also strongly supported by parents of students killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.

"In the hands of an expert it is safe, perhaps even thrilling. In the hands of a person with mental imbalances, emotional immaturity or recklessness, it is a death machine," said Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed.

But for gun owners like Mitchell, who's owned a gun since he was 12, it's a recreation and a right that he doesn't want to lose.

"Why should I not be able to shoot my guns because someone went off the deep end?" Mitchell said.

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