By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Gun rights advocates will converge on the Alamo with rifles and shotguns for a rally that breaks a long tradition against public demonstrations on the hallowed ground.
A Texas state agency has approved the rally for Saturday, called "Come and Take It San Antonio!" The event was called to assert citizens' rights to carry long guns in public.
Demonstrations were not allowed when the Alamo was overseen by a historical association. But the site was taken over by the state in 2011, and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson decided to make it available.
Patterson, a gun rights advocate, says the Alamo is an appropriate place to defend individual rights. But leaders of the Alamo Defenders' Descendants Association say it should be treated as a solemn memorial to those who died.
A related rally is planned in Dallas. Protesters are expected to march from Dallas City Hall to Dealey Plaza with long guns.
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