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Judge Denies Request to Allow Guns in Perry Square Rally

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June 20, 2013

A rally is scheduled at
Perry Square this Saturday for Open Carry PA, but guns may not be allowed. Justin Dillon is the one holding the rally and brought the issue to court on Thursday. He was in court requesting a preliminary injunction for the rally that would allow attendees to carry firearms in Perry Square, even though there is an ordinance prohibiting people from doing so. Judge Ernest DiSantis Jr. heard from both sides. Dillon says he fears being fined 300 dollars for having his gun on him during the rally. Erie Solicitor Greg Karle says the ordinance should be enforced and this rally shouldn't be an exception. Dillon has held three rallies in Perry Square previously. He had permits for each rally and none of the permits specified that guns were prohibited. The permit he holds for Saturday's rally specifically states that no guns are permitted. Judge DiSantis denied the request, and Dillon's attorney filed an emergency appeal Thursday afternoon. Dillon tells us he will still hold the rally regardless, and wants people to know he will be carrying a gun Saturday, but people who want to come but not carry for fear of a fine, are still welcome.
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