Advocates on both sides flock to Richmond for special session

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- During the very brief special session of the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday, advocates on both sides of the gun control issue made their presence known outside the Capitol.

Gun control regulation is a highly controversial issue that gets people riled up.

The line to get into the General Assembly building extended all the way to the Capitol.

One woman from Virginia Beach, whose family was affected by the May 31 shooting, shared her story of the harrowing moment during the violence when she wasn't sure if the one she loves would be coming home.

"May 31 was a challenging time for my family and my community," said Allison Kaye, a member of Moms Demand Action. "You know I am blessed after 14 minutes of waiting after hearing, 'Babe I love you. There's a mass shooting in our building,' after those 14 minutes, I got that 'I'm ok' text message. Chris came home to me."

However, someone on the other side of the issue says the Virginia Beach shooting and others like it could have been avoided if gun-free zones were eliminated.

"Gun-free zones should be eliminated, that's part of the problem," said Jim Synder, a member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. "It was basically a situation where 'I'm unarmed, please don't hurt me' and for a mad man who's looking to run up the body count, that's not a very useful self-defense method."

The General Assembly will return to Richmond in November.

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