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Local Philadelphia mothers rally for gun control laws

March 12, 2013

CapitolA group of 30 area mothers will travel to Washington, DC., on Wednesday to lobby for “common-sense gun laws” as part of an event organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

About 200 mothers from over 30 states are expected to attend the “Moms Take to the Hill” event which includes a White House briefing, a press conference and meetings with congressional representatives.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded by Shannon Watts, of Zionsville, Ind., on the day after the Sandy Hook shootings. Nadine Freedman, of Wayne, the mother of two girls, 6 and 8, started the Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter two days later.

“You can’t even wrap your brain around something like that,” Freedman said of the shootings. “People see this as a political issue. I see it as a safety issue.”

The organization is lobbying for a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds; background checks on gun and ammunition purchases; a ban on online sales of ammunition; and a requirement that the sale of large quantities of ammunition be reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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