Hundreds gather at Capitol for 2nd Amendment rally

Written by on September 30, 2020

Hundreds gather at Capitol for 2nd Amendment rally

By Sam Dunklau, WITF

September 30, 2020

An attendee holds his weapon at the Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms at the state Capitol on September 29, 2020. Kate Landis / WITF

Around 200 Pennsylvania gun rights supporters say state lawmakers should be better protecting the right to bear arms. 

WITF’s Sam Dunklau reports on the rally that brought them together at the Capitol yesterday.

In past years, more than 1,000 people have shown up. This year, it had been rescheduled because of safety concerns.

Speakers at the rally talked about self-defense and upholding the 2nd Amendment, while supporters waved pro-gun flags and signs. Many brought their handguns or rifles to the event.

Harumi Schuster, who was handing out pro-gun flyers, says she’s wary of the government’s ability to protect her.

“It’s really important to defend our 2nd Amendment, because if the government has the guns, then we can’t really trust them because they’ve been so untrustworthy

before, so it’s better for the people to have it to make them in check,”said Schuster.

The state’s Stand Your Ground law allows Pennsylvanians to use deadly force if they believe they’re threatened.

In most areas outside Philadelphia, you don’t need a license to own a firearm, though you do need a background check to buy in most cases.

Pennsylvanians can buy most types of firearms, unless otherwise restricted by law.

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