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Bride and Groom Wedding Photos Pack Major Heat

A wedding party poses on the steps of Washington state's capitol holding an AR-10 rifle while protesters rally for gun owner rights nearby.
A groom holds an AR-10 rifle as he stands with his bride while the party was having their pre-wedding portraits taken on the steps of the Washington state capitol.AP

A wedding party, who declined to be identified, posed on the steps of Washington state's capitol in Olympia on Saturday holding an AR-10 rifle, while nearby gun rights advocates protested a new background check law that recently went into effect.

The wedding party was not part of the protest, but posed for pictures with the rifle after being handed it by activist Brandon Lyons, who said "we've all just broken the law." Saturday's protest was called the "I Will Not Comply" rally, and those attending said they will openly exchange firearms in opposition to the state's new voter-approved universal background check law, Initiative 594. The law, which took effect on Dec. 4, requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts.

The best man holds an AR-10 rifle he was handed during wedding portraits.Elaine Thompson / AP