'Moms Demand Action' pushes gun bill in Annapolis

'Moms Demand Action' formed after Sandy Hook


A group called Moms Demand Action took to the delegate office building in Annapolis Tuesday.

The bill they are fighting for is the Firearm Safety Act of 2013.

It has some of the strictest gun legislation in the country including stringent background checks, training and licensing provisions, also a ban on assault weapons which after passing the senate last month is stalled in a house committee.

These moms were in Annapolis to get it moving again and try to convince delegates not to water it down.

"We are very, very, very optimistic that this will go through hopefully.  If we care about all of our families, it's important to get it through," said Mother Erin Sharkey Gormley.

The reaction to the group in Annapolis has been quite positive but the group knows, they can't convince everyone.

Like Baltimore County Republican Delegate Susan L. M. Aumann.

Aumann's just one of several offices the moms lobbied hoping to pick up a vote, but the District 42 Delegate believes the bill focuses too much on firearms and pushed other solutions such as separate legislation funding more school resource officers.

"You can't limit everything or everyone would be in a silo and that's not good for children either.  But if we're trying to find ways to keep our children safe at school, I think some of the measures we are doing will do that," Aumann explained to the group.

Moms Demand Action disagree and the delegate declined a separate interview with ABC2 to explain her position, but Sandy Hook, these moms argue changed the issue for them, their state and their country.

"When you get out of that rhetoric and you see what is at stake for us and what we're looking at when we get up in the morning ...when I drop my kids off in the morning, I hug them to remember what they feel like.  I shouldn't have to do that.  That shouldn't cross anyone's minds...and it does now," said Gormley.

Delegates in committee are debating the assault weapons ban part of the bill as well as the licensing provision.

Moms Demand Action was a small facebook group started days after Sandy Hook, today it has grown into a national organization with several chapters around the country including the one here in Maryland.

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