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Man accidentally shoots self in leg at Gettysburg park rally

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 2, 2017 7:53 AM
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(Gettysburg) -- Authorities say a man participating in a free speech rally at Gettysburg National Military Park accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon says the man's revolver accidentally discharged shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday near the Meade Equestrian Statue in the central Pennsylvania park.

United States Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose says police quickly applied a tourniquet, and the man was taken to a hospital for medical care.

Lawhon says she didn't know if the man was with a particular group but said he was participating in First Amendment demonstrations taking place at the park.

Federal laws permit firearms in national parks.

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