Second Amendment supporters converged on the steps of the Pennsylvania state capitol on Tuesday for the 10th-annual Second Amendment Action Day. Organized by 16-year veteran Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the event featured many notable speakers, including former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack, who sued the federal government and won a landmark case that overturned portions of the onerous Brady Act.
Speakers were well received by the hundreds of gun owners gathered, including many who chose to exercise their open-carry rights. Others wore patriotic attire and carried signs urging lawmakers to safeguard existing rights and widen legal protections.
If the event’s success can be measured by how much attention it received from state lawmakers, Pennsylvania’s gun owners can take heart—more than 60 state legislators were in attendance. It’s likely that next year’s event—just ahead of the 2016 presidential election—will draw an even larger crowd of patriots.