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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Several hundred gun-rights advocates have converged on the Alamo with rifles and shotguns in a rally that shatters a taboo on public demonstrations on the hallowed ground.

A substantial police presence was visible around the perimeter of the rally. But San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, who mingled in the crowd, said he expected no problems.

A Texas state agency had approved Saturday’s rally, called “Come and Take It San Antonio!” The event was called to assert citizens’ right to carry long guns in public.

Demonstrations had previously been restricted to an adjacent plaza. But the site was taken over by the state in 2011, and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson made it available.

Patterson, a Republican gun-rights advocate, asked the crowd Saturday to show reverence.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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