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Two separate events set for Saturday at Capitol expected to draw crowds

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The Department of Enterprise Services has issued permits for two separate events on Washington State’s Capitol Campus on Saturday. Both events are expected to be highly visible, draw large crowds, and affect traffic and parking on the campus. 

As with many campus events, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) will have troopers on duty during the events. WSP advises anyone who perceives a threat on the Capitol grounds at any time to call 9-1-1.
 
‘March for Science’ rally
Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2018 “March for Science -- Olympia” rally on Saturday, April 14. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the north steps of the Legislative (Capitol) Building. After a rally, attendees plan to march to Heritage Park at 5th Avenue Southwest and Water Street Southwest for more activities through 3 p.m.  

Rally organizers estimate that about 1,000 people will attend this year’s event.  

Gun rights rally
Enterprise Services has issued a permit to a gun rights group for a rally to be held on the north steps of the Legislative Building on Saturday, April 14. 

The “Americans for America” rally is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event organizers –- the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans –- estimate that more than 300 people will attend.

Many rally participants are expected to openly carry firearms, as allowed under state law. There is no prohibition against openly carrying guns in the public spaces of the Legislative Building or on the grounds of the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. 

All permitted events, rallies and other activities scheduled to take place on the Capitol Campus can be viewed on the Enterprise Services website

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