Utah March for Our Lives holds rally for gun violence prevention bills

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Caroline Phinney, left, and Chiemi Maloy join a rally at the Utah Capitol for a mid-session report card on the progress of gun violence and public safety bills in the Utah Legislature on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. The rally took place the day after the anniversary of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, FL.

Members of the Utah March for Our Lives chapter rallied on Capitol Hill on Saturday, calling for action on a number of gun violence prevention bills that, three weeks into the legislative session, have yet to receive public debate.

The rally, which featured a number of student speakers, took place the day after the two-year anniversary of a school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that set off cries for gun reform around the nation and sparked the formation of local youth groups focused on gaining gun control.

The rally comes one week after hundreds of gun activists gathered peacefully on Capitol Hill, where they openly carried weapons, waved flags and cheered on speakers touting the Second Amendment.

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