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About 40 armed demonstrators take to streets of St.Louis, US

The crowd is watched by about ten police officers

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About 40 demonstrators armed with pistols and rifles took to the streets of the US city of St.Louis, Missouri to assert their right to carry guns openly in public, RIA Novosti reported.

The armed protestors, one of whom took a 19-month-old toddler with a toy gun to the march, attracted the attentions of the tourists, the local newspaper St.Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Saturday.

According to the local media, the protest was organized by Jeffry Smith, a Cincinnati accountant, who has organized similar demonstrations in Ohio. The crowd is watched by about ten police officers who do not interfere their walk.

The St. Louis area has recently witnessed a number of mass protests, after 18-year-old African-American male Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer Darren Wilson in the nearby city Ferguson on August 9 and another St. Louis African-American teenager,

Vonderrit Myers was shot dead by an off-duty white police officer on October 8. Police said the 18-year-old Myers shot at the officer, whereas the parents of the killed say he was a victim of racial profiling.

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