Trump opponents show up with rifles near event

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Members of the John Brown Gun Club and Redneck Revolt protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — A half-dozen people showed up outside President Donald Trump's speech with military-style rifles and fatigues to join the protests against him.

Members of the Redneck Revolt describe themselves as an anti-fascist group who are offended by the president's policies and comments in the aftermath of the racial violence of Virginia. A man who identified himself as "John Brown" carried an AK-47-style rifle and said he was there to protect the anti-Trump protesters. Arizona allows people to carry weapons openly.

Police kept the two groups on opposite sides of the street behind barricades and officers, but that did not stop them from engaging in shouting matches. The protests were largely peaceful, despite the large number of people gathered.