Local officials argue for, against gun control laws ahead of rally

Local officials argue for, against gun control laws ahead of rally

Blair County Sheriff James Ott said many in the commonwealth feel their Second Amendment rights are at risk. Blair County Democratic Committee Chair Gillian Kratzer said red flag laws do not infringe upon Second Amendment rights. (WJAC)<p>{/p} ALTOONA, Pa. (WJAC) — The Altoona Grand Hotel is hosting a Second Amendment freedom rally tomorrow, featuring panels of experts on concealed carry and gun laws. The amendment has become a hot topic across the country as some states look to pass red flag laws. Those laws would allow a state court to order firearms be taken from an individual temporarily if they present a threat to others or themselves. “Our Second Amendment is certainly being challenged and in a lot of cases infringed upon,” said James Ott, Sheriff of Blair County. “I don’t believe that this is an infringement on the Second Amendment,” said Gillian Kratzer, chairperson of the Blair County Democratic committee. Ott said the laws would reduce citizens’ Second Amendment rights. “So the fear that you have nationwide right now is you’re seeing a lot of the red flag law settings coming in,” Ott said. “The attack right now is against the gun.” Ott said the guns don’t cause casualties, it’s the people behind them. Kratzer said red flag laws focus on individuals with a history of domestic violence. “There are people in danger when somebody like that has access to a firearm and I don’t think that in anyway impacts law-abiding gun owners,” Kratzer said. “There are people […]

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