HARRISBURG — Two sides of the political debate over guns are hoping that competing rallies in the Pennsylvania Capitol will boost their cause among state lawmakers.
Several hundred people attended the second event Wednesday, sponsored by the organization CeaseFirePA, including several people who spoke about losing family members to gun violence.
That event, inside the Capitol, came about an hour after an event attended by some 100 firearms owner and gun rights supporters. It drew cheers from vows to defeat any effort to infringe on the Second Amendment.
The rallies were held amid calls for a boycott of the nine-day Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg next month because organizers banned the sale and display of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.