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Rally groups take gun debate to the streets of Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Groups on both sides of the nation's gun debate hit the streets of Raleigh Saturday.

The "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" made a stop at Moore Square downtown.

The group is advocating for what they call common-sense gun laws.

Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was murdered in the Newtown, CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, shared his story in support of stricter gun laws. Joslin Simms, a Durham mother who lost her son to gun violence, also spoke.

U.S. Congressman David Price, Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe, and members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence were also there.

On the other side of the street, and other side of the debate were members from Grass Roots North Carolina.

They held signs saying "Guns Save Lives". They say it all comes down to protecting the right for American's to own guns. They protested the No More Names rally.

Much of the debate is centered around House Bill 937 which could bring major changes involving public places guns could be taken, and processes owners must go through such as background checks. You can read the bill here.

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