Gun Rights And Gift Ban Grab Lawmakers’ Attention With Set Of Capitol Rallies

Gun Rights And Gift Ban Grab Lawmakers' Attention With Set Of Capitol Rallies

Outside, on the Capitol steps, a crowd of mostly Republican lawmakers and their allies rallied in support of gun rights and against atta … A protesters picks up fake money from the Capitol floor during a protest calling for a vote on a bill to ban gifts to lawmakers on September 29, 2020. ((Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)) – Sept. 30, 2020 After months of quiet hallways, the Pennsylvania Capitol echoed with the voices of the people Tuesday with two separate rallies, from two groups seeking very different things. Outside, on the Capitol steps, a crowd of mostly Republican lawmakers and their allies rallied in support of gun rights and against attacks on the Second Amendment. Inside, reformers gathered at the door of a powerful lawmaker’s office to call for a long-sought gift ban for legislators. What did they have in common? Both groups were speaking out on issues where the 253-member General Assembly has shown very little inclination to tinker with the status quo. But where the protesters inside said that the status quo — allowing lawmakers to accept gifts from lobbyists — was untenable, the rally goers outside were rooting for inaction. Despite rain, the gun rights rally got rolling first. It featured at least two dozen lawmakers who argued for the need for gun rights — rights enshrined in both the U.S and state Constitution. "America is free because Americans are armed," state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, said. In previous years, the ranks of the attendees […]

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