Montgomery County leaders rally for gun law reform

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ROCKVILLE, Md. -- If you think it's only up to teenagers to call for tougher guns laws in the wake of February's deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. there are some mayors, council members and law enforcement leaders in Montgomery County who want you to hear them as well.

On Monday, a group of elected leaders and appointed civil servants gathered at County Council building to call for action from state and federal lawmakers.

Among the specific changes called for were new restrictions on assault weapons that would prohibit sales to anyone under the age of 21.

In the crowd was a Richard Montgomery High School student who helped lead a similar charge a week after the Florida attack drawing close to 1,000 students from DMV area schools to the White House.

"I think it was important to stand here with our elected officials because they've been so supportive and they're doing the right thing," said Daniel Gelillo.

Gelillo believes it was social media that helped students stand out in this fight for gun law reform.

"We were able to get our message out there and keep the story in the news," said Gelillo. "For the most part with these shootings there seems to be two weeks of nonstop coverage and then it just kind of fizzles away until the next thing happens but with this it needs to stay at the forefront until the issue is solved."

Montgomery County elected leaders agree and said that's one reason they decided to keep the conversation going by gathering on Monday.

"We want to see action," said Councilman Craig Rice. "That means taking these assault weapons off our streets and removing the fear our children have in our schools."

Rice said he believes this effort could succeed where others have failed if the public sets its sights on the biggest influencers of weapons legislation.

"It's really the grip of what we see from our community in terms of the NRA and gun manufacturers pumping money into elections and into politics," said  Rice.

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