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Mayors against guns gather with common goal

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SHARON, Pa. - It's a group all affected by gun violence coming together at the Cedar Avenue Church of God with one common goal: to bring back a bill that would have called for extended background checks but was blocked by a Senate Filibuster.

"There are people that are very fearful of having their weapons taken away and that is not what this is about. What this is about is sensible gun legislation. This is about background checks and preventing violence in our country," says organizer Judy Hines.

The Mayor of Aliquippa shared his story says a man with an illegal gun is to blame for his sisters death. It's that experience that shapes his thoughts on gun control.

"You got a lot of guns out there on these streets that are coming across borders and different places. You don't even know how they got into your city," says Dwan Walker, Mayor of Aliquippa.

It's a concern the group would like to see addressed, when one person legally purchases a gun and then transfers the ownership to someone who has not undergone a background check.

"They can go buy a whole lot of guns and ammunition and then go sell it or give it to other people," says Hines.

One solution proposed is mandatory reporting of any lost or stolen guns.

"If a gun is lost or stolen, it is inevitably going to get in the hands of somebody who down the road, whether or not it's that person, it could be the next person down the line or the next person down the line. However, if these guns move through different hands, it's going to wind up at a crime scene," says coordinator of Cease Fire PA Rob Conroy.

The group is encouraging people who support their goals to contact their local representative.

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