A group on Sunday afternoon walked through parts of downtown Erie, demonstrating their Second Amendment right of bearing arms. Around twenty individuals met for this Open Carry of Fire Arms walk, organized by Justin Dillon.
Dillon had an encounter with an Erie police officer last week, after he was seen carrying his weapon. Pennsylvania state law does not prohibit openly carrying a weapon. Dillon said he did not organize this to cause any conflict with the police, he just wanted to public to be aware of the laws, along with their constitutional rights.
"I just wanted to do this to let the public be aware of the open carry laws in Pennsylvania, that its 100% legal and there's nothing wrong with that. We're not here to alarm residents or the public, just for our safety and the right to bear arms."
Pennsylvania state law does, however, require a license to carry a concealed weapon.
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