Philipsburg club plans rights rally

Members plan lawsuit to keep gun club open

PHILIPSBURG — The Philipsburg Rod and Gun Club has scheduled a rally promoting its members’ Second Amendment rights today at Black Moshannon State Park.

According to a press release issued Tuesday, “certain individuals working for the state government have executed a plan to close the club.”

No reasons have been given for the action, which the release states is targeting the Second Amendment rights of more than 30 members of the club.

“The actions of the state are being perpetrated by an individual who has a history of shutting down gun clubs in various counties of the commonwealth.”

The club is responding and attempting to save the organization, which “provides club members with a safe place to shoot sporting trap, as well as providing a recreational facility for various local community groups.”

The rally will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at the club’s headquarters at 2456 Black Moshannon Road, Philipsburg.

It will include a tour of the grounds, which “have been senselessly destroyed by bulldozers and chain saws ordered by the same individual who has developed a reputation around the nation as an enemy of the Second Amendment.

“The needless waste that you will be able to observe is sickening to anyone who loves the beauty of Black Moshannon.”

A lawsuit will be filed by Pittsburgh civil rights attorney Joel Sansone this morning in the Centre County Court that will “request a temporary and a permanent injunction prohibiting the closure of the club under these circumstances.”