Community Rally for more Gun Control Legislation

There were many voices calling for more gun control legislation selling their case Saturday in downtown Youngstown.

The groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Organizing for Action support tougher laws, including background checks for anyone wanting to buy a gun.

The U.S. Senate recently cleared the way to allow debate on the issue.

This past week, parents who lost their children in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Those at the Youngstown rally want to add more pressure on lawmakers.

“And so, this is a reminder that we’re watching, we’re paying attention to what you guys are doing and we’re here to demand action,” said John Jackson with Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Former Police Chief Jimmy Hughes alluded to assault weapons and high-capacity clips.

“When the founding fathers came up with the idea that we should all have the ability to bear arms, I don’t believe it was intended on some of these weapons that obviously they have today,” said Hughes.

Senate Democrats recently decided that a ban on assault weapons would not be part of their gun control bill.

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