Gun Control Supporters Gather In Uptown Charlotte

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by Kirk Hawkins

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--From a winning marksmanship medal at age seven to becoming a Major in the Air Force, guns have played a role in Marty Levin's life for a long time. But, now that he has two six year old grand kids, it's important for him to make sure his own guns are secure. "I have no problem with guns except they should be kept away from people who shouldn't have them," said the Denver, North Carolina Resident.

Levin was one of the speakers at an event in Uptown Charlotte today organized to galvanize support for gun violence prevention measures. Bipartisan gun control legislation that would require background checks for commercial gun sales is scheduled for formal Senate debate next week.
It could be the most significant congressional deal on firearms legislation in decades.

The legislation is in response to tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School
in Newton, Connecticut last December. It claimed the lives of 20 first graders and six adults. Levin says he's now speaking up because he wants to make sure nothing happens to his grandkids "All parents and grandparents should be interested in seeing this through successfully," Levin said.

Gun control supporters are planning a phone bank on Monday evening in Uptown Charlotte to lobby North Carolina Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr to vote in support of the proposed legislation.

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