RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dozens of gun control activists gathered at the Capitol to remember Martin Luther King Jr. and to fight against bills that would relax Virginia's gun laws.
Monday's vigil was held hours after hundreds of gun-toting citizens gathered to support bills that, if passed, would place Virginia among states with the weakest gun controls in the nation.
Legislators are considering bills to do away with concealed handgun permits, exempt guns made in Virginia from federal regulation and make permits issued in any state good in Virginia.
Supporters at the anti-gun rally and vigil are backing bills to ban guns from libraries and the Capitol and require background checks on all purchases at gun shows.
About 70 people lay down in protest for three minutes, the average time it takes to purchase a gun.
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