Rally for gun owners’ rights slated for Monday in Harrisburg

Rally for gun owners’ rights slated for Monday in Harrisburg

A group of gun rights advocates will convene on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Monday for a rally. The event, called the “Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally,” will feature U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York, several Republican state representatives and gun rights advocates. The rally is an annual event established in 2006 that typically draws hundreds to the Capitol each year. The rally aims to drum up support for gun rights bills, including House Bill 357, sponsored by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). If passed, the act would make new federal gun control laws unenforceable in Pennsylvania. “Whether by White House executive orders, congressional fiat or judicial activism, passage of House Bill 357 will send the undeniable message that federal gun-grabbing constitutes a criminal offense in Pennsylvania,” Metcalfe, one of the rally’s organizers, said in a press release. The 2021 rally comes at a time when gun violence is on the rise and spring gives way to summer – when shootings often spike in American cities. Other gun rights bills up for consideration in the state include House Bill 979, which would deter local governments from imposing their gun laws, and House Bill 659, which would abolish concealed carry permits for firearm owners. The event begins at 10 a.m. Monday and will take place, rain or shine. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has been pushing for measures to address gun violence, such as state-level universal background checks for gun purchases and a “red flag” law […]

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