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Gun control debate reaches the Capitol

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

On Richmond's Lobby Day, citizens flooded the General Assembly building to advocate on a host of issues. The cause with the biggest presence was gun control.

Gun control advocates and gun rights activists tried to sway state lawmakers how to vote on gun control laws.

The General Assembly is filled gun control bills this session ranging from a ban on assault weapons to background checks at gun shows.

The Virginia Center for Public Safety wants to close loopholes that allow felons and the mentally ill to purchase weapons.

"These people are not allowed and I want to disarm them," said VCPS President Andrew Goddard.

Members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League want a trained, armed guard in every school.

"That's because criminals are predatory animals," said VCDL member Lee Affholter. "So they go where the weak are."

There are over 60 bills dealing with some form of gun control this session.

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