Pike County gun festival to go on despite crowd size limits

Pike County gun festival to go on despite crowd size limits

A Thompson submachine is fired on the gun range during the Rod of Iron Freedom Festival in Greeley, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. A gun festival that’s expected to draw thousands of people to a Pike County gun shop will go on as planned this weekend, despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive limiting crowd sizes at outdoor events to 250 people. The Rod of Iron Freedom Festival at Kahr Arms in Greeley drew about 4,000 attendees last year and is expected to attract as many as 10,000 people this year given the volatile political climate over protecting the Second Amendment right to bear arms, organizers said. “Gun sales have been off the charts everywhere,” said Regis Hanna, a spokesman for the festival. “There are a lot of new gun owners and they are enthusiastic about their Second Amendment rights.” Organizers tout the open-carry event as a family-friendly gathering featuring patriotic displays, food and merchandise vendors and various activities, including educational seminars, self defense demonstrations, live music and a fireworks display. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute wall will also be on display. Hanna acknowledged the festival likely will exceed crowd size limits Wolf instituted to guard against the spread of COVID-19. In a statement, Justin Moon, chief executive officer of Kahr Arms, said the festival will follow safety regulations and encourage people to practice social distancing and avoid congregating in one area. Moon did not say whether masks will be required. Hanna thinks masks will be optional. He said he […]

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