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LA gun-control protesters seek new laws after Fla. shooting

February 19, 2018

Children join their parents during a protest rally against gun violence in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Hundreds of sign-carrying, chanting protesters have converged on a downtown Los Angeles park, demanding tougher background checks and other gun-safety measures following last week's deadly school shooting in Florida. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of sign-carrying, chanting protesters have converged on a downtown Los Angeles park, demanding tougher background checks and other gun-safety measures following last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida.

About 500 protesters gathered in LA’s Pershing Square shortly before noon Monday.

Many chanted, “Ho, ho, hey, hey, our kids, not the NRA.

Others held signs proclaiming, “Our Children Are Counting On You.”

Last week’s shooting killed 17 people at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

One of Monday’s protesters, Samantha Dorf, tells The Associated Press she supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms but believes stronger background checks for gun-buyers are needed.

The mother of two and member of Moms Demand Action also wants to see tougher laws aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of children.

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