Gun rally draws GOP candidates

A shaded Metcalfe MCs the 2nd Amendment rally

Pennsylvania’s two Republican candidates for governor stood shoulder-to-shoulder with 2nd Amendment advocates during a pro-gun rally at the state Capitol today.

Several hundred people crowded the Capitol’s front steps for the event. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a former Texas legislator and the survivor of a mass shooting she says she could have stopped had she been armed, expressed the group’s sentiments during her speech.

Many of the speakers called for the passage of the “castle doctrine” bill – a measure that would reinforce a person’s right to defend his or her home with deadly force, without the obligation of trying to retreat first. After the event, Attorney General Tom Corbett said he couldn’t directly support the legislation without reading it first, arguing there are three different measures before the General Assembly. He did side with its general goal.

State Representative Sam Rohrer backed the measure without qualifications.

The event was MCed by Republican lawmaker  Daryl Metcalfe, who’s running for lieutenant governor.


About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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