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Students rally for gun control at Rhode Island statehouse

March 24, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Young people have rallied at the Rhode Island statehouse in support of gun-control measures.

More than 100 people attended the event on Saturday, one year after the massive March for Our Lives rallies were held in Washington D.C. and cities across the country.

Those demonstrations followed the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.

Tori Richard is co-founder of March for Our Lives Rhode Island and an organizer of Saturday’s rally.

She told The Providence Journal that they want to show that “young people are still serious.” Richard says activists are “going to get stuff done.”

Rhode Island lawmakers are debating several gun bills, including a measure that would ban people from taking concealed weapons into schools.