8 convicted of violating Pa. gun ban vow appeal

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has convicted eight people of violating a northwestern Pennsylvania city ordinance banning guns in parks during a rally in support of open-carry laws.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/158xgs0 ) says an Erie County judge issued the ruling Tuesday, a day after the men appeared for summary trials in court.

The judge assessed fines and costs of $220.50 against organizer Justin Dillon and the seven other defendants.

Attorney Joshua Prince said he and the defendants were disappointed by the decision and plan to appeal the ruling in Erie County Court.

Before the June rally, Dillon filed suit alleging that the ordinance was unconstitutional but a county judge refused to bar the city from enforcing it.

Despite that, many of the 80 people who attended carried weapons.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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