Open-carry spotlights Second Amendment

by Will Sites, Sulllivan Journal  |  published on August 13, 2014

SULLIVAN – The erosion of freedom and liberty as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution – and more specifically the Second Amendment – was the gist of speakers and guests at an open-carry event held Saturday at the city fairgrounds. The free event featured speakers such as state Sen. Brian Nieves (R-Washington) and District 109 Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Union), as well as attendees from across the state and nation.

Organized by Villa Ridge resident Charlie Due, the event was previously held in Union. However, Due was notified this year that the City of Union would not allow guns on city park property. Because one of the primary purposes of the event is to advocate openly carrying handguns (hence the term “open-carry”), Due was forced to find another location. He chose Sullivan.

“I’m not representing any organization, I did this on my own,” says Due, a fervent supporter of gun-related rights and patriotic issues. “I paid money to the City of Union for this year’s event, but they later said we couldn’t bring guns to an open-carry event. That doesn’t make sense.” He said that the City of Union refunded his money and he asked City of Sullivan City Administrator J.T. Hardy if he could hold the event in Sullivan.

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