In order to keep residents abreast of Pennsylvania’s gun laws, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) has announced that he will host a free concealed carry seminar at the Altoona Grand Hotel, located at One Sheraton Drive in Altoona, Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.

“This is a wonderful chance for residents of the 79th Legislative District to learn more about state laws regarding firearms,” Schmitt said in a press release. “I encourage residents, both gun owners and non-gun owners, to attend this free seminar to learn more about our laws.”

Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) president Kim Stolfer will be the featured speaker. FOAC identifies itself as a group of Pennsylvania gun owners, defending the constitution. Stolfer will provide an overview of gun laws with a focus on Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws.

The FOAC mission statement reads, in part, “We vigorously oppose legislators who want to restrict the legitimate use of firearms, including personal and property protection as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We accomplish these goals by monitoring and reviewing legislative initiatives and voting records of elected officials. This information is shared with interested parties, such as County Sportsmen’s Leagues, the PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Unified Sportsmen of PA, the Eastern Firearms Coalition, the Concerned Gun Owners of PA, PA Gun Owners Association, PA State Camp Lessees Association and other interested organizations at both the state and county level.”

On the FOAC website, the organization’s philosophy is summarized as, “In a free society, no citizen should ever have to justify the assertion of a fundamental right. Indeed, unless there is a compelling reason, government should never inhibit the exercise of privilege either. A very general premise is that the best government is the least government.”

The volunteer group is non-partisan and vigorously opposes legislators who want to restrict the legitimate use of firearms, including personal and property protection as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The public is invited to attend this free event. No RSVP is necessary. Those with questions should contact Schmitt’s office at (814) 946-7218.

Julie White can be reached at jwhite@thedailyherald.net.

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