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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Activists in Wilmington marked six months since the school shootings in Newtown, CT, by holding a gun control rally in front of the federal building on Water Street.

Those in attendance held signs asking lawmakers to take a second look at current background check methods, which they claim have loopholes making it too easy for criminals to get guns.

“There are about 30,000 people who are killed with guns every year, and if legislation can prevent one, even if it prevents one death, it’s worth it,” Mebane Boyd said.

Today’s event coincided with the official launch of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns national drive to reduce gun violence, which will tour 25 states over 100 days.

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