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Several faith, law enforcement and city leaders joined Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on the steps of city hall taking a stand against gun violence.

“The mayor is not against the second amendment,” said spokesperson Maureen Harper.

Jackson along with more than 900 mayors nationwide have taken a stand for stronger gun laws.

People at the rally were armed with signs reading, “Stop gun violence now.”

“The issue is the availability of handguns and what people do with then,” said Cleveland police chief Mike McGrath. “I had a 17-year-old shoot another 17-year-old in the head at a party. I know that’s fact. I know in the future I’m going to have another similar scenario.”

The event was part of a nationwide movement urging Congress to pass stronger gun laws.

“It would help us on a local level,” Mayor Jackson said.

The group urged the public to call the Ohio delegation to support “common sense” gun laws. Leaders were also calling on congress to pass background checks for gun owners saying 40 percent of guns are bought in this country without passing a background check.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach said over the past two years, his office has prosecuted nearly 300 people for violating federal gun laws.

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