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Dueling gun groups at Ga. State Capitol

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ATLANTA -- Both sides of the gun control issue squared off at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday, occasionally in a shouting match.

A gun control rally drew about 50 or 60 protestors calling for tougher laws.

Called "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence," it was part of a national 25-state bus tour organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

But the group was met by an equal number of counter-demonstrators who support gun rights.

Speakers at the tighter gun control rally said they're not out to abolish the Second Amendment, but only want to make it harder for criminals to get guns.

Lucia Mcbath, who lost her 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, to gun violence last year, supports tougher background checks.

"We believe that there should be common sense, universal background legislation; that is something that is easily done; that is something that makes common sense," she told 11Alive News.

Pro-gun opponents pointed out that background checks are already required for all commercial gun purchases.

"There's not a criminal around that's gonna go through a background check, so what good is it?" said Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.Org.

"They've already got it illegal, they're already illegal, so they're gonna carry a gun and we expect them to follow laws? I don't think so," he added.

The pro-gun counter-protestors also claimed some of the names of alleged gun violence victims being read at the rally were actually criminals killed by the police or law abiding citizens.

Rally organizers said they could not address the accuracy of the list.

They referred us to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, who has yet to reply to our email.

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