Moms rally at State Capitol to reduce gun violence

Published: Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:51 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 6, 2013 at 4:43 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Dozens of parents marched on our state capitol for what they say are "common sense solutions" to gun laws.

The group, "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America," formed because of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Men and women rallied at the bell tower asking lawmakers to tighten regulations and keep guns out of the wrong hands.

A large group of moms weathered the rain to fight for freedom and safety surrounding gun laws. Each name written on a cardboard sign is a reminder of those who suffered from gun violence.

"What this country has a problem with is our obsession with guns," said Senator Dave Marsden. "We are absolutely obsessed with these metal objects."

Marsden has fought an uphill battle for tighter gun control. Everyone here wants to see the same changes he's pushing for including: Closing the gun show loophole.

Right now, Virginia does not require personal sellers at gun shows to perform federal background checks licensed dealers must provide. Banning sales of assault rifles and high capacity magazines is the second main concern.

Rebecca Caffrey leads the Richmond chapter of "Moms Demand Action".

"People need to understand we are painted as gun grabbers - we are going to come in your house and take your guns. That is not the case," said Caffrey. "Many of us own guns for personal protection. We're just saying we need some common sense restrictions in place to make sure that only people who are qualified to own guns have them."

Matthew Maddalena was rallying with a separate group outside the capitol. He's a dealer who has sold guns at gun shows before.

"The background check system is not the problem," said Maddalena. "The enforcement is the problem. We've got more gun control laws than you can shake a stick at but people break them all the time and walk away."

Whether it's tighter enforcement, or stricter regulations - both groups agree there is still a lot of work to do.

"Mom's Demand Action" says,  40 percent of sales occur through private sellers - particularly at gun shows. It's just one more reason why the organization wants a change in policy.

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