RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Several gun rights rallies were held in the Northstate Saturday, coinciding with similar rallies held across the country.

Protesters held American flags and signs in Red Bluff, Corning and Redding.

The protests were prompted by this week's announcement by President Obama that Congress should pass tighter restrictions on guns.  The president's proposals came one month after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

About 40 to 50 people held signs and waved American flags at the corner of Antelope Boulevard and Main Street in Red Bluff.

The majority of those protesting were members of the Red Bluff Tea Party, however others said they were patriots out protecting their Second Amendment rights.

Joe Gomez was among those protesting and is a Red Bluff Tea Party member.

Gomez said the rallies across the country on Saturday were to raise awareness about the importance of the Second Amendment.

Gomez said it's important for people to know that taking away gun rights will not protect people and said it's those with mental illnesses that get guns that are dangerous.