Pro-gun activists held "high noon" rallies across the United States to defend the right to own firearms that they say is being threatened by President Barack Obama's gun-control proposals.
The US debate over gun control erupted in mid-December after a man armed with an assault rifle killed 20 first-graders and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut - the deadliest of a string of US shooting sprees last year.
"We are law-abiding citizens, business owners, military, and we are not going to be responsible for other people's criminal actions," former Marine Damon Locke said to applause at a Florida rally he had helped organise.
Teachers in the US state of Utah have been offered free training in handling guns in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting.
Gun-rights activists provided 200 teachers with six hours of training in the use of concealed weapons at an event on Thursday.
Kelly Hansen, a special education teacher from Salt Lake City in Utah, told Reuters, "I feel like I would take a bullet for any student in the school district".
"If we should ever face a shooter like the one in Connecticut, I'm fully prepared to respond with my firearm", she added.
The move comes after the National Rifle Association (NRA) proposed placing an armed officer at every school in the US following the deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
France is "awash with illegal firearms" transported into the country across porous European borders, says the president of Union Francaise des Amateurs d'Armes, a French gun society.
Jean-Jacques Buigne said he did not think the killer responsible for yesterday's attacks had a gun licence.
The killer used a heavy calibre .45 automatic pistol. It would be very complicated to obtain this weapon legally due to strict gun laws, but Buigne says open European borders mean a lot of smuggling takes place. He said:
"It's impossible to obtain authorisation for an arm like that if you're not 'clean'."
"It's very complicated to get a weapon like that legitimately. But in France lots of criminals use illegal arms and no law could change that."