It's like a shotgun wedding... only different! Moment gun activists interrupted a wedding photo shoot - and inspired best man to pose with an assault rifle

  • Newlyweds were posing for photos at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington
  • Protester then walks over and hands the best man the weapon 
  • He poses for a photo before the groom takes it and stands with his wife 
  • Around 1,000 gun-right advocates were demonstrating in the city 
  • Initiative 594 means everyone in the state must pass the same checks

This is the moment a gun activist interrupted a pre-wedding photo shoot to offer the best man, the bride and groom the chance to pose with an assault rifle.

The wedding party were standing on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington, when the demonstrator walked over.

Holding up the powerful weapon, he asked whether they would like to hold it in their romantic shots.

At first the best man obliged, grasping the rifle in front of the camera, before the groom accepted and did the same.

He then walked over and held up the gun as his soon-to-be wife put her arm around him.

Shoot: Brandon Lyons, left, of Spanaway, Washington hands his AR-10 rifle to the best man in a wedding party on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington. All of them declined to be identified 

Shoot: Brandon Lyons, left, of Spanaway, Washington hands his AR-10 rifle to the best man in a wedding party on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington. All of them declined to be identified 

Locked and loaded: The best man then holds the weapon up as the couple watch

Locked and loaded: The best man then holds the weapon up as the couple watch

Showing off: He then pulls a pose to stand out on his own in front of the government building 

Showing off: He then pulls a pose to stand out on his own in front of the government building 

Locked and loaded: The best man then holds the weapon up as the couple watch

The groom then decides to take the weapon for himself and stands alongside his soon-to-be wife with the gun

The interruption came as around 1,000 gun-rights advocates, many openly carrying rifles and handguns, rallied l to protest a new expanded gun background check law in Washington state.

Organizers of the 'I Will Not Comply' rally promised to exchange and sell firearms without conducting background checks during the daylong rally in opposition to the state's voter-approved universal background check law.

'We're going to stand up for our rights,' rally organizer Gavin Seim said. 'Our rights are not up for negotiation.'

Initiative 594 passed with 59 percent of the vote last month. Geoff Potter, who served as a spokesman for the pro-initiative campaign, said that the rally was 'a very loud, but very, very narrow and unrepresentative view of what the people of Washington have clearly demonstrated they want on background checks and gun laws.'

At an I-594 'violation station' people posed with rifles that weren't theirs, and a wedding party unaffiliated with the protest that was taking pictures on the Capitol steps got into the spirit.

Rally participant Brandon Lyons of Spanaway handed his AR-10 rifle to the groom, who posed with the rifle and his bride, then the best man held the firearm and mugged with the couple. The bride and groom, who were to be married later in Tacoma, wouldn't give their full names.

'We've all just broken the law,' Lyons said after they took pictures with the rifle.

However, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said 'we're not convinced that handing someone a gun is a violation of 594.'

Gun rights advocates carrying their weapons walk past a young girl at a rally against Initiative 594 at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington

Gun rights advocates carrying their weapons walk past a young girl at a rally against Initiative 594 at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington

The law, which took effect Dec. 4, requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts.

Opponents have taken most issue with the language surrounding transfers. I-594 defines a transfer as the delivery of a firearm 'without consideration of payment or promise of payment including, but not limited to, gifts and loans.' Exceptions include emergency gun transfers concerning personal safety, gifts between family members, antiques and loans for hunting.

Capitol officials were preparing for up to 6,000 protesters, and Washington State Patrol troopers were seen on the periphery of the crowd.

Taking aim: Jeff King (left) of Centralia, Washington points a rifle towards the state capitol. Initiative 594, which requires background checks for all gun purchases in Washington state, was voted into law last month

Taking aim: Jeff King (left) of Centralia, Washington points a rifle towards the state capitol. Initiative 594, which requires background checks for all gun purchases in Washington state, was voted into law last month

Demonstration: People hold signs as gun rights advocates rally against Initiative 594. The rule makes Washington the first state in the country to close the so-called gun-show loophole through popular vote

Demonstration: People hold signs as gun rights advocates rally against Initiative 594. The rule makes Washington the first state in the country to close the so-called gun-show loophole through popular vote

Gill said there are no plans to arrest people for exchanging guns or even selling weapons, but they could forward violations they see to prosecutors.

'Our Number 1 priority is to just make this a safe environment for people to express themselves,' he said. 'Most of these folks are responsible gun owners. We probably will not have an issue.'

Norma Johnson of Enumclaw said the law isn't going to stop crime.

'You're targeting the wrong things by going after law-abiding citizens,' she said.

Washington has joined six other states - California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island, plus Washington, D.C. - in requiring universal background checks for all sales and transfers of all firearms, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

About a dozen other states have varying laws on expansion beyond what federal law requires

Defiant: Protesters sing the national anthem on the way to the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington state

Defiant: Protesters sing the national anthem on the way to the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington state

Shelter: Zach Stone of Poulsbo, Washington watches next to a tent set up for the demonstrations against the new legislation

Shelter: Zach Stone of Poulsbo, Washington watches next to a tent set up for the demonstrations against the new legislation