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Tell Us: Are You OK With Guns on the Rail Trail?

Do you find a "no weapons" rule on the Saucon Rail Trail appropriate or objectionable?

A comment thread recently begun by an individual on the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association's (PAFOA) online forum focuses on a "no weapons" rule in effect along the .

--who was --is located along the trail in Hellertown's .

A PAFOA user from Northampton County named Micky writes that when walking the popular trail in the borough, he stopped to read a sign that outlines rules for its use.

"Now, for once, I did not have my weapon on me, nor did my wife," Micky wrote June 13. "Part of (the sign) said 'no weapons.' Now, the trail isn't privately owned, so I was asking myself 'wtf?'"

Micky writes that he was concerned about his Second Amendment right to possess a firearm possibly being infringed upon, and subsequently called the for more information about the posted rule.

He ultimately visited Borough Hall, where he spoke to a Hellertown police officer, acccording to the account posted online.

"(The officer) said that yes, OC (Open Carry)/CC (Concealed Carry) are legal, and that the law is aimed more at hunting rifles, because the trail goes through the woods, and they don't want hunters taking their rifles and hunting off the trail," according to Micky. "He also said, however, that if I carried a handgun, to keep it concealed. I asked why?"

The officer, Micky writes, "said that while OC (Open Carry) is legal, that if they got a call from someone saying that there is a man with a gun on the trail, they'd respond, detain me momentarily, 'take my weapon, and check to see if it's registered.'"

Micky says he was concerned about this answer, and other PAFOA members offer varying opinions about it on the lengthy comment thread that follows.

"Why take my gun? What registry are you talking about?" he asks.

What do you think? What do you think of guns being carried on the trail--either in the open or concealed (if an owner is legally permitted to do so). Tell us in the comments below.

Brick Barns July 05, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I live in Westmont, Illinois, and every cop in Illinois knows me and where I live. They do because Amerika has become a nation of jackbooted thugs. The 1st and 2nd amendment are for speaking out against Govt (our worst enemy) and so we can be armed if the Govt goes rogue. Cops are the Govt's strongarm. None of us wants to shoot anyone, good or bad. I'm not into your conspiracy theories either. And MILITIAS are as American as apple pie (the word 'militia' is in the Bill of Rights). I wish the cops would leave me alone, but they won't because they think they have the right to know what every American is thinking because they don't respect the Bill of Rights. If cops respected the 2nd amendment, YOU would not be afraid to say what the 2nd amendment is really for.
Mary Anne Looby July 06, 2012 at 02:08 AM
@Brick Barns, what are you doing on here? You don't even live in PA. You are some wacko.
Brick Barns July 06, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Would you force me to leave the Trail, Mary ? Huh ? Would you demand the jack-boots send me home to Illinois ? Do you expect visitors to show their papers when they reach the border of PA ? Should everyone be searched ? "You are some wacko." [Mary] Are you a psychology expert ? Do you have an advanced degree in psychology ? No ? Then why use dogma to control another Americano ?
Mary Anne Looby July 07, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Yes, maybe, no, no, just the wacko's. Close enough, again close enough, because you are a wacko. Go away.
Brick Barns July 07, 2012 at 08:59 AM
You appear hysterical.

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