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Mahoning Valley Milling to host 2nd Amendment rally Saturday

May 9, 2013

Nick Wehrle (left) and John Keeley, gun shop manager at Mahoning Valley Milling, are pictured in front of the Mill, where a rally will be held in support of the Second amendment Saturday, in front of the store located adjacent to Old Indiana Street. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A local gun dealer will hold a rally Saturday in support of Second Amendment rights.

"We're holding a rally for the Second Amendment at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mahoning Valley Milling on Old Indiana Street to show people in the area that there's a lot of people out here who support the Second Amendment," said John Keeley, gun shop manager at Mahoning Valley Milling.

He said that they will also demonstrate the importance of the Second Amendment in regards to the other amendments.

According to Wikipedia, "The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right to keep and bear arms.

It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights."

Keeley said Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the Pa. House of Representatives, is expected to speak at the rally.

"We're expecting to have a speaker from the NRA (National Rifle Association) at Saturday's event," Keeley said, adding that the organization has programs that protect the Second Amendment.

Keeley said that if some of the proposed bans do go into effect, who is going to enforce them?

"These gun law changes will make the average person seem like a criminal," he said. "If the states pass the magazine ban, if you're caught with one, you'll be labeled as a criminal."

Keeley also questioned the difference between six rounds and 10 rounds of ammunition.

"We've tried to legislate evil forever, and you can't legislate evil out of society," he said.

"Evil will always be there no matter what's done," Keeley said, adding that they'll be speaking about a variety of topics, including the availability of ammunition, on Saturday.

He said ammunition is still in a panic buying situation.

"We have .22 ammunition coming in; we receive cases of it, and it's gone within a day or so," Keeley said, adding that 9 mm handgun ammunition also goes fast.

He said the program will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mill on Old Indiana Street.

"It's mostly for people with common goals getting together with similar interests to discuss Second Amendment rights with any representatives that happen to be here," Keeley said.

He said there will be food, with all the proceeds donated to the NRA.

"We want to inform people about the legislation that is pending," he said.

"We need to be on guard, definitely. The anti-gun people are waiting for the next tragedy to try and pass an agenda against the Second Amendment," Keeley said.

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