Update: Metcalfe Announces Postponement of Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally – June 3, 2020
Update: Another event has been scheduled at the same time, and place, creating a potential recipe for disaster in Harrisburg.
Harrisburg, Pa – The organizers of a controversial gun rally to be held on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg are moving forward with their plans, despite Governor Wolf’s directive “to cancel all events at the Capitol through July 5,” on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In a letter written to Governor Tom Wolf on May 20, Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe declared that the gun rally will take place on the state Capitol steps — WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION — as originally scheduled on Monday, June 8. Metcalfe is encouraging all law-abiding citizens who attend to practice social distancing according to CDC guidelines.
According to Metcalfe’s website, the event will rally Pennsylvanians to “stand your ground” against Governor Wolf’s attempt to criminalize and disarm PA gun owners. Specifically, Metcalfe highlights extreme red flag gun confiscation legislation, citing House Bill 307, Banning “Assualt” Weapons, and House Bill 768, the Firearm Registration Act.
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The event will be hosted in part by gun rights organizations including Pennsylvania Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Firearms Owners Against Crime.
Today, Attorney Marc Scaringi confirmed that he will be speaking at the June 8th rally. Other speakers are expected to confirm their attendance this week.
An event advertisement that has generated interest from over 10,000 people on Facebook is advocating for attendees to “come out armed.”
However, an event organizer has clarified that the rally is concealed carry only, and they are advising that no rifles, or long guns be brought to the event in Harrisburg.
Metcalfe’s letter to Governor Wolf:
“I am writing to you today on behalf of all freedom-loving, law-abiding Pennsylvania firearms owners to inform you that my staff has received your presumptuous email notice through the Department of General Services stating that ‘the governor has instructed us to cancel all events at the Capitol through July 5,’ with the usual non-transparent explanation of ‘COVID-19.’
“As the prime sponsor of an impeachment resolution to bring about your removal from office, let me begin the people’s response by saying that we do not need your permission to freely exercise our Constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and denounce your tyrannical regime.
“It is precisely the Second Amendment and our right to keep and bear arms which provides the foundation and reinforcement of all the rights recognized and proclaimed in our state and federal constitutions. This especially includes, Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution which clearly states: ‘The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.’
“Your incompetence and callous disregard for your fellow man give this year’s theme of ‘Stand Your Ground Against Socialism’ even more substantive significance. Your unconstitutional dictates and Orwellian overreach into our lives and the marketplace has caused immeasurable harm and hardship for far more Pennsylvanians than the virus!
“Your enlisting of law enforcement to intimidate law-abiding citizens into accepting your unconstitutional dictate to close their business is offensive and an inappropriate use of our men and women in blue. Your divisive fear mongering tactics encouraging neighbors to turn in neighbors for non-compliance with your unconstitutional orders should never happen in the land of the free and home of the brave.
“You have no authority to imprison any citizen in their home or otherwise rob them of their right to put food on the table. Our right to arm and defend ourselves and our loved ones is non-negotiable, and you can expect usto vigilantly defend it on the state Capitol steps on Monday, June 8.”
- This years annual Harrisburg PA Gun Rally Planned for June 8th, 2020
- Hosted by Pennsylvania Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Firearms Owners Against Crime
- Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmans and Conservatives:
- This will be a Concealed Carry event. Please, no rifles or long guns!
- Transportation to 2nd Amendment Day 2020 – Harrisburg by Lehigh Valley Tea Party
- We are looking for a large turn out from Lycoming County please join your fellow supporters on Monday June 8 2020
- Speakers from years past