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Local group gathers to urge ban on assault weapons

Local group gathers to urge ban on assault weapons

By Marco Villarreal. CREATED Jan 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A local gun control group is working to take away semi-automatic weapons from the hands of citizens.

Comprised of students, educators, peace advocates, and other local leaders this group met Friday to call for for a ban on military style weapons. They also want stricter background checks, and closing loopholes at gun shows.

Even after President Obama announced his plans on cutting down on gun violence earlier this week, they think there is still a lot more to do.

"I totally believe in the second amendment right to own guns, yes, but if we're having a major problem with those types of guns that do major killing in a short period of time, then we need to address our laws to prevent that from happening," says Jose Solorio, a former Clark County School District board member.

The group also warned citizens that unless they want lobbyists influencing lawmakers in Washington, they need to contact their representatives and let their voices be heard.