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June 25, 2013

A grassroots advocacy group, Moms Demand Action, pushes for gun-buying restrictions in the Second Amendment bastion of Oklahoma.

by Mark Beutler, Oklahoma Gazette

moms+demand+actionOklahoma might seem an unlikely place for a fledgling organization of gun-control advocates, but a grassroots effort under way in the state is calling for stronger gun laws. The local chapter of Moms Demand Action is part of a national group founded in the days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Nationally, Moms Demand Action has more than 100,000 members, with 90 chapters in 40 states. In Oklahoma, organizers say it is gaining more members every day.

“We have been pleasantly surprised by the support we have received,” said Sabine Brown, a founder of the state chapter.

“I think a lot of people have been afraid to speak out on this issue because the opposition can be loud, but we have heard from a lot of people thanking us for standing up for commonsense gun reform. We have certainly had our naysayers, but we feel a voice like Moms Demand Action has been long overdue in Oklahoma.”

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