Monday, June 24, 2013

Pennsylvania Patriots Hold Pro-Gun Rally, Defy Local Law.

As reported by The Blaze, patriots, exercising their right to bear arms showed up this weekend to a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania aka Open Carry Pennsylvania with their firearms visible, out in the open in defiance to a local ordinance that prohibits firearms at city parks. 
During the rally, police state recorded license plates and took photos that will be compared with images in a facial recognition database, at which point citations for defying the ordinance, i.e., exercising one’s Constitutional rights will be mailed out.
“Protesters showed up to a gun-rights rally in Erie, Pa., with their firearms out in the open—purposely defying a local ordinance that prohibits guns at city parks.
‘We are American patriots, and we are a force to be reckoned with!’ yelled Pastor George Cook of North Bangor, Pa. (350 miles away) at the Perry Square park gazebo Saturday, WSEE-TV reports.
‘First, our constitution…says that the right of people to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned,’ said Cook. ’The preemption clause in our state law…says that local towns like Erie can’t make other laws concerning firearms.’
Cook was one of about 80 who showed up to support ‘Open Carry Pennsylvania.’ Erie police estimated there were 15 to 20 people carrying firearms in the crowd, and they issued citations to some of them, noted the Erie Times-News.
Rally organizers tried to get an injunction against the city ordinance, but failed.
More from the Erie Times-News:
‘Those at the rally carrying guns, both handguns and semiautomatic rifles, are subject to a fine of between $100 and $300 and up to 90 days in prison if they fail to pay the fines. Police walked around the crowd and noted license plate numbers of parked cars in an attempt to identify people carrying weapons. They said they would mail citations to people carrying weapons who were successfully identified.’
‘They’ve been going around writing down everyone’s license plate number…’ said attorney Joshua Prince, a lawyer for Justin Dillon, the founder of Open Carry PA. ‘They said they’re going to be querying the JNet [Justice Network] system to basically try and do facial recognition…and then proceed from there in issuing citations….’”

Stand strong Pennsylvania, stand strong.  You do us proud.

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