Gun control legislation fight continues in Los Angeles

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Democratic lawmakers gathered Wednesday at Los Angeles City Hall to continue the fight for gun control legislation. (KABC)

Democratic lawmakers gathered Wednesday at Los Angeles City Hall to continue the fight for gun control legislation.

They were pushing for two measures that they said will protect Americans from gun violence. The first measure focuses on the "no fly, no buy" slogan.

"No fly, no buy, which means that if you're too dangerous to be allowed to fly, you shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun," Congresswoman Maxine Waters said.

The other measure would require universal and comprehensive background checks.

"Now, with this legislation, it is comprehensive background checks, which means you won't be able to buy a gun at a gun show without a background check or on the internet for that matter," Waters said.

Congressman Xavier Becerra presided over a round table discussion with Muslim and LGBT leaders.

"All we're asking for is a chance to vote. That's what we get elected to do, to vote for the people," Becerra said.

Dozens of community members also came out to support legislators. Mandy Pifer lost her boyfriend during the San Bernardino shooting.

"We ask for everybody around the country to join us so that you never have to know how horrendous it is to lose the one you love the most to gun violence," Pifer said.

Last week, Democratic Congress members held a sit-in for more than 24 hours in Washington D.C. to push for legislation.

Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, called the sit-in a publicity stunt and said that the Senate previously voted down the measures. He also suggested that Democrats would be violating citizens' Second Amendment rights.

However, Democrats believe that they will be able to gain momentum with the public's support.

"That's why it's so important that this entire coalition of people is gathering together today to say enough is enough," Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian said.

Lawmakers said that they plan to continue the fight for a vote after Independence Day.
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