Local gun control supporters demand action

Supporters of tougher gun control measures will make their voices heard Friday in downtown South Bend.

A group of Indiana gun violence survivors and their families say they are demanding a response from Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats on unanswered meeting requests.

They're upset about his recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales.

The group gathered at the St. Joseph County Courthouse on South Main Street at 10 a.m. Friday morning to protest.

“There’s a lot I’d like to see changed and I think it's going to take a comprehensive effort of education and a lot of things, but when you have elected officials, their job is to craft laws that have an effect and there's already a law on the books,” said Steven Miller, a survivor of gun violence, “This bill wouldn't have created any new laws. It would have simply made sure, closed the loop holes so that the law on the books could be enforced.”

Gun violence is a very personal issue for Miller. His brother died after being shot in the head and chest with an illegally owned gun and his nephew also was a victim of gun violence in 1995.

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