2nd Amendment Rally – Part II: “Checkin”

Check in….

So after being stuffed with blueberry pancakes, hashbrown casserole and sausage, I headed downtown.  Found some parking and walked to the capital. Now we had to go through the rear entrance where they were prepared for the larger quantity of us bearers of firearms.  (It was a 2nd Amendment rally afterall.)

Took about 10 minutes to get through the initial line. We had to fill out forms with our name, contact info, firearm serial number, etc.  They stated that if we wanted a receipt we had to fill out two copies. As I had both my Ruger P-345 and LCP, I had to fill out four forms.  Why two sidearms? Overkill?

Well, this was the first event that I went to with the consideration and plan to do some open carrying. Normally, I view this as a risk. Open carry lets others know you are armed. And if a criminal element is around, then you are likely to be the first one they seek to take down.  In this case, I felt the risk was low – being surrounded by fellow armed citizens.  However, I had pretty much avowed to myself that if I ever did open carry. I would at least carry a second firearm.

After we filled out our forms about a dozen of us were led down to the basement to store our firearms in a locker until we were ready to depart.

All-in-all the process probably took around 45 minutes. But mind you, they were overwhelmed with supporters of the 2nd Amendment there for the rally.

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I do want to chime in that the PA Capitol Police were police, civil, and professional.  Good job guys!!!

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