Dozens of tea party members rallied in support of the Second Amendment in Gaston County.
The rally coincides with Patrick Henry's famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech in 1775.
Some tea partyers Eyewitness News spoke with said they support background checks to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
"I think there should be testing. I don't think that anyone with mental conditions should own a gun, because you never know when they're going to snap. But the ordinary citizens out here, we're not the ones you got to worry about," said Jeff Bryson, a member of the Gaston County Tea Party.
The Tea Party said the main point of Saturday's rally was to protect the Second Amendment.