A gun control rally in Easton was one of several held across the country Thursday.

A group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns held an event in Easton's Centre Square.

Mayor Sal Panto spoke at the rally. He said he's pushing for change, but he said it won't happen overnight.

"Even if we passed every one of these legislations today, it's not going to go away tomorrow. It's going to take time," said Panto.  Obviously, there are a lot of guns out on the street that shouldn't be there in the hands of felons and criminals, so it's going to take time."

As part of the rally, the group circulated a petition to urge Pennsylvania lawmakers to support gun control legislation in Washington.

The petitions will be presented to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Friday.