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Community members hold gun reform vigil

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A gun vigil was held Friday night at the United Methodist Church.

Participants are calling for change in the way people are able to obtain guns.

Speakers shared their personal experiences, as to why they'd like to see gun control reform come to the United States.

"It's something that needs to be taken seriously, in our community, and in our country," said speaker Jennifer Couture. "We need to come together as one and not individuals. We need to fight this battle together."

Couture is one of many people that stood out in the cold to talk about gun control.

Opponents to changes in gun laws are calling the legislation a significant setback to Second Amendment rights.

Supporters say the first thing they would like to see done is a background check administered when guns are purchased.

"You look at states that have good [gun] control, but then others, where there are no laws, and that's where a lot of guns come flooding in," said Michael Berhan, a Toledo resident.

"[Stricter gun laws] doesn't stop you from protecting your family. It doesn't take anybody's normal weapons from them. It doesn't take a handgun or a shot gun," said Berhan.

Berhan was one of several supporters at the vigil who said he would like to see high-powered weapons off the streets.

"Hearing gunshots is becoming kind of a daily incident, and I have three small children. As a mother, it's very unsettling to have to tell your children to get down," said Couture.

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