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8 People Cited For Violating Erie City Gun Ordinance In Court

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A heated debate over a city ordinance continues.
8 people, cited for a gun rally in Perry Square, made their way into a courtroom Monday.
They're fighting citations they got for openly carrying their guns in a city park.

The second amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.
But according to the city of Erie, that right doesn't apply in city parks.
It's a rule that has some gun enthusiasts fired up.

They rallied back on June 22nd in Perry Square, despite warnings from the city that it violated a city ordinance.
That ordinance states you cannot openly carry guns in a city park.
But, about 30 protesters risked legal action, and went through with the rally.
Erie police were able to identify and cite 8 of those protestors.

They're facing a fine of up to $300 dollars, and then potential jail time if they don't pay it.

Those protestors left the courtroom Monday and strapped on their weapons.
They're arguing they shouldn't have been cited because the city ordinance violates state law.
Judge Tom Robie says he'll consider the arguments he heard Monday, and make a decision by the end of the week.

"This ordinance is not a regulation of firearms, it's a regulation of where you can carry a firearm that you do possess. You just cant take it into a city park. It's a common sense rule that firearms do not belong in city parks," said assistant city solicitor, Ken Zak.
"I think people are tired of their rights being eroded by the government. It's clear that the Pennsylvania legislature has specifically said that municipalities may not regulate possession of firearms and yet the municipalities continue to go out there and do that which they are not allowed to do," said defense attorney Joshua Prince.

The man who organized the rally in June is suing the city over the legality of the ordinance. That lawsuit is currently in State Supreme Court.

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