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Group organizes LA vigil to protest gun bill

The gun control group of the Silicon Valley Courageous Resistance has scheduled candlelight vigils in Los Altos and Mountain View Thursday to protest a proposed federal law enabling residents of states that allow concealed weapons to enter into other states, like California, that don’t have such laws.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed the U.S. House of Representatives Dec. 6. Backed by the National Rifle Association, the bill heads to the U.S. Senate for a vote. Several state attorneys general have vowed to challenge the law in court should the bill be signed into law.

The two vigils – one 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets in Los Altos and the other 5-6 p.m. at the corner of Castro Street and El Camino Real in Mountain View – are scheduled on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The families and friends of the 20 children and six teachers killed in the massacre requested the nationwide vigils.

“For California, (the concealed-carry law) means a dilution of our gun laws, which have prevented many shootings,” the group said in a statement. “No one wishes innocent people to die. Yet that is what this law is bound to do. In other words, more Sandy Hooks.”

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