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Annual gun rights rally draws hundreds to Pa. Capitol

Written by The Associated Press | May 12, 2015 12:45 PM
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FILE PHOTO: Gun rights advocate Jeff Blair and others demonstrate on the steps of the state Capitol April 29, 2014, in Harrisburg.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are hearing from hundreds of gun rights activists in what's become an annual Harrisburg event.

Speakers at the Second Amendment Action Day outside the state Capitol exhorted attendees to fight for their right to own and keep firearms.

The rally participants are fanning out across the building to make the case directly to state lawmakers. Several dozen state representatives and senators joined them on the front steps.

This is the 10th year for the event, which is organized by Representative Daryl Metcalfe. The Butler County Republican is among the Legislature's most ardent advocates for the rights of gun owners.

A spokeswoman for the anti-gun violence group CeaseFirePA says they'd rather the attendees and lawmakers were working on things the group feels would actually improve public safety.

An earlier story is below:

Hundreds of gun-rights supporters are set to converge on the steps of the state Capitol for the annual Second Amendment Action Day. 

The event is scheduled for later today in Harrisburg.

It's coordinated by Representative Daryl Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican who is among the Legislature's most ardent advocates for the rights of gun owners. 

Speakers include state lawmakers and Second Amendment activists from outside Pennsylvania. 

At last year's rally, the speakers warned that gun rights were at risk and expressed support for legislative changes to broaden those rights.

This is the 10th year for the event.

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