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Gun violence rally held at the Georgia State Capitol

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Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters squared off at the state capital Monday.

"We are just asking for the minimum things for gun violence control," said Ron Davis, a gun control advocate.

They appeared at the No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence bus tour rally, sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

It's a 25-state tour pushing for mandatory federal background checks for people who want to buy guns.

"We should make it harder for criminals to get guns and right now they don't need a black market for guns because they will go to a gun show where they don't need a background check," said Kimberly Brusk.

Brusk is a gun violence survivor. Her then husband shot at her when she filed for divorce.

"He had no business having a gun and I think that if he had to go through a background check, he may not have gotten a gun. Background checks do stop gun purchases," said Brusk.

"I agree, criminals shouldn't have guns and people who are mentally incompetent shouldn't have guns, but law abiding citizens deserve the right to defend themselves however they see fit," said Joni Gommo, a gun rights advocate.

Gommo is a relatively new gun owner who recently became a certified shooting instructor. She said she's leery of efforts to further restrict gun ownership.

"I believe in my Second Amendment rights and I don't believe in being intimidated out of them," Gommo said.

"None of us have walked over and grabbed anyone's guns. No one is talking about pulling a gun out of someone's hand, we just want to make sure that the mentally ill, the domestic violence and felons don't have guns," said Brusk.

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