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Gun Advocates Join For Victory Rally In Perry Square

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ERIE- Dozens of people flocked to Perry Square for a gun rally Saturday afternoon.

"When you stand for what your rights are, you can do it and accomplish it," organizer Chris Phillips says.

For more than 40 years, a Pennsylvania ordinance banned fire arms in city parks, so when a group of people held a rally for Open Carry Pennsylvania in Perry Square last year, they were cited for it.

It did not end there, though. Demonstrator Justin Dillon sued the city over the ordinance, claiming it violated his second amendment rights. He won.

In January, the Commonwealth Court ruled the ordinance was "unlawful" and "unenforceable," giving a thumbs-up to carry guns in city parks once again.

Organizers called today's event a victory rally, with an added focus on education. 

"Legal gun owners are not the threat in society. It's the criminals," Phillips adds. "We want to continue to show that responsible gun ownership is what causes a decrease in crime."

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