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Concerned Gun Owners rally for gun rights

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 14 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 15 2013 06:31:35 PM CDT

Gun rights activists gathered at the Bucks Co. courthouse Saturday with a message for Washington -- a defiant message about gun control.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -

Gun rights activists gathered at the Bucks Co. courthouse Saturday with a message for Washington -- a defiant message about gun control.

It's not every day you see a crowd armed with semi-automatic rifles marching through downtown Doylestown, but this group is here to make a point.

"Our rights are under attack," said Andrew Rumbold, a state constable based in Perkasie. "They've been under attack for awhile."

The group marched to support House Bill 357. It would direct Pennsylvania to ignore any attempts by the federal government to create a national gun registry or database.

"The federal government only has certain -- 18 enumerated powers," said Rumbold. "None of those powers include the right to regulate firearms."

Rumbold said he will also ignore any federal gun law he deems unconstitutional. Those rallying Saturday believe there is a great deal of misinformation about guns.

"Guns in the right hands aren't a threat to anybody," said Bruce Gold of Sellersville.

Marcher Eric Patroni added: "These so-called assault weapons you see around on these people are just semi-automatic rifles. An assault weapon is a machine gun. I was in the Marines; I know what the difference is."

One day after the six-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting massacre, the group renewed a call for guns in schools as well.

"A gun-free school zone -- it's an invitation for a criminal," said Gold.

Rumbold added: "The criminals will always be able to get weapons. There's always a black market."

Although HB357 has 54 co-sponsors in Harrisburg, it has stalled in the House Judiciary committee since January.