Hundreds rally at the Capitol for gun safety laws

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hundreds of people with the group, ‘Moms Demand Action’ rallied to urge lawmakers to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

The group has two legislative priorities this year.

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One of the priorities is extreme risk protection orders which would give law enforcement the right to step in someone is a danger to themselves or others. The other is keeping guns out of the hands of domestic violence abusers.

“Lives matter and we have to talk about that,” said Anita Franklin.

Anita Franklin has been vocal about gun safety ever since she lost her son. He was an innocent victim of gun violence in a Lexington park in 2014.

“From that day forth you messed with the wrong mom,” said Franklin.

She wanted to share more than just her story.

“We can get up and tell our stories but when people start seeing faces and start hearing tid-bits of what happened it makes people want to know more and then it makes people want to know what can I do to make a difference,” said Franklin.

Franklin invited all of her friends who’ve lost someone to gun violence to step forward to tell their story.

“My son was Caleb Hallet. He was 18 years old and was murdered in a robbery in 2016,” said Nicole Hallett.

Nicole Hallett says telling a piece of her story was a special moment.

“It was awesome because I want everyone to know his name and who he was,” said Hallett.

Members with ‘Moms Demand Action’ scheduled more than 40 meetings with legislators to talk about gun safety laws.