Rally for gun control outside state lawmaker's office

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Published: Oct 23 2013 06:06:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 23 2013 06:59:20 PM EDT
COOPERSBURG, Pa. -

Some people say they're fed up with a "legal loophole" that allows Pennsylvanians to buy rifles and shotguns without a background check so they're firing back with a protest.

Wednesday residents of the state's 131st District and several grassroots groups gathered outside the Coopersburg office of State Representative Justin Simmons.

They say they want Simmons to co-sponsor House Bill 1010 which would require background checks for all gun purchases from private sellers.

"It is far too easy for an abuser or someone with a domestic violence conviction to get his hands on a gun without a background check," said Linda Morrison with Moms Demand Action.

Currently the state only requires background checks when purchasing short-barreled guns from private sellers.

Simmons says he doesn't support the bill but says he previously sat down with the protestors to discuss gun control.