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StandUp Washington rally in Seattle calls for more gun control

Hattie Lewis

Downtown Seattle's Westlake Park filled up with hundreds of people Sunday who came out to show their support for gun-control legislation. One of those attending was Jack Severns from Kent who wants to see a ban on assault weapons.

"I've owned guns since I was 12 years old but I want to see them used correctly."

Many at the rally talked about revisiting the second amendment.

The rally, called StandUp Washington, included speakers, music and remembrances for those lost in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, only one person was spotted at the rally carrying a sign opposing a ban on assault weapons. Dan Adams from Shoreline held up a sign that said "Sensible Reforms Not Bans." Instead of a ban, he said he'd like to see universal background checks for all firearms transactions, better reporting, and safe storage of guns around children.

More rallies for gun laws are expected this week in Olympia as the Washington legislature opens its new session.

Before accepting the position of News Director in 1996, she spent five years as knkx's All Things Considered Host and filed news stories for knkx and NPR. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London's City University - Center for Journalism Studies. Erin worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York before returning to Seattle to work in broadcast news.