EUGENE, Ore. -- People rallied in support of gun violence prevention in downtown Eugene on Saturday.
Nearly two-dozen participants attended the rally at 8th and Oak, hoping to educate people about the new gun laws being considered by legislators in Salem.
Rally organizers from Ceasefire Oregon and Million Moms March voiced support of legislation that would require background checks for private sales of guns as well as a bill that would ban guns on school campuses.
Speakers and musicians also performed on stage in Eugene's downtown park blocks to show their support.
“We want people to unload and lock their guns up when they are in their houses,” said Betsy Steffensen, a speaker with the Million Mom March. “If your child is going to play with someone you should ask 'do you have guns in your house, how are they secured.' we want responsibility not control.”
On the sidewalk just outside the park blocks a number of pro-gun advocates wielded signs with messages opposing gun legislation on the sidewalk.
Gun-supporter Joy Stokes said she opposes the firearm legislation proposed at the state capitol.
“The background checks … it is not going to stop criminals. Criminals don't get background checks as it is. They buy their guns off the street. All they are doing is affecting law abiding citizens that don't have any ill intent with their weapons,” Stokes said.