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Gun debate draws both sides to Capitol

Activists on both sides of the gun debate converge in Harrisburg today to deliver their messages to lawmakers.

Gun debate draws both sides to Capitol

Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Austin, Texas.  Texas officials opposed to new federal gun control proposals plan to speak on the steps of the state Capitol during a pro-Second Amendment rally. The event is one of many rallies planned across the country Saturday. They come four days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Texas officials opposed to new federal gun control proposals plan to speak on the steps of the state Capitol during a pro-Second Amendment rally. The event is one of many rallies planned across the country Saturday. They come four days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Activists on both sides of the gun debate converge in Harrisburg today to deliver their messages to lawmakers.

The most outspoken pro-gun lawmaker rolled out his latest bill at a gun rights rally, sponsored by the greass roots group Pennsylvania Responsible Citizens this morning in the bitter cold on the Capitol steps.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) told the crowd that his bill would make it a crime for Pennsylvania's attorney general or any other law enforcement in Pennsylvania to enforce any new federal gun control laws by "liberal gun grabbers."

The bill number? 357.

"I'm adding my magnum to it," Metcalfe said, referring to the .357 magnum revolver. 

The crowd, some waving pro-Second Amendment signs, others wearing their statement - handguns - strapped on their belts, roared with approval.

Across the Capitol at noon gun control supporters, led by CeaseFire PA, are scheduled to hold their rally to call for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

 

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