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Gun control advocates rally at the Capitol

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Hey, we're still here! Gun control advocates held a rally to remind state lawmakers they would like to see swift action on tougher gun laws.

"They deserve a vote! They deserve a vote!" Chanting inside the Capitol Rotunda rattled around the interior dome creating a cacophony that hoped to fall on lawmakers' ears.

With budget season upon the state legislature, gun control advocacy groups held a rally Wednesday afternoon to make sure they were not forgotten. CeaseFirePA and Mothers in Charge members held signs in order to be seen and heard.

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was present to help get the message out.

"The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact," said Leach. "We can have a right to bear arms and a safe society at the same time."

Hours before, State Representative Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) introduced a new bill dubbed "Lost and Stolen." House Bill 1515 would require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms within 72 hours of knowledge.

"This problem is multi-layer," said Dean. "It affects every one of us."

Representative Dean said her bill would crack down on illegal gun trafficking.

Then again, Representative Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) said his bill (HB 1010) would achieve the same goal. Santarsiero's bill would require universal background checks in Pennsylvania. He said his bill would close the so-called 'gun show loophole.'

"If we're going to require [background checks] for handguns, why not assault rifles? Why not for shotguns?" he said.

Santarsiero said he now has support from 50 house members, up 30 from when he introduced the bill this spring.

He continues to look for more support both from inside and outside the green dome.

"It's only going to happen when it's you, all of the citizens demand that it happens."

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