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Moms demand action on gun laws in Tampa

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Saturday, Moms Demand Action held a rally to "Stand for Action on Common Sense Gun Laws" on corner of Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa.  Other anti-gun violence groups with similar goals also attended. 

These groups expressed the need to gather and show support for gun laws which will likely be voted on in Congress within the next two weeks.  Many participants held signs supporting background checks, and limits on ammunition magazine capacity.

Organizers also wanted to show their support of Florida gun bills currently pending in the State Legislature.  Rally organizers said, "We do not have the time to sit back and do nothing if we want to make change."

Citing the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the event organizers believe if Adam Lanza had used a handgun rather than a military-style assault weapon and high capacity clip, some of the victims may still be alive.

The march organizers also referred to incident at the University of Central Florida, where James Seevakumaran had planned a massacre of students with an assault rifle and 100-round magazines. Rally organizers feel that even though the UCF incident was thwarted, they are concerned that Seevakumaran was able to buy weapons and ammunition online.

"Our grassroots movement of American moms is committed to putting constant and unrelenting pressure on our elected officials until we achieve comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.

This comes after Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law some of the nation's most restrictive firearms regulations earlier this week.  Families of those killed in the Newtown shooting say they plan to go to Washington DC to speak in support of a proposed bill on gun regulation.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has joined other lawmakers in vowing to filibuster that bill, which Rubio says will be used to impose restrictions on the Second Amendment.

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