By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – The Montgomery County Courthouse provided the backdrop as elected leaders joined members of law enforcement and the public calling on Congress to end gun violence.

It was billed as a National Day to Demand Action with hundreds of people across the country demanding that Congress take immediate action to strengthen the background check system and reduce gun violence.

County Commissioner Josh Shapiro told the crowd that he is not anti-gun, that he’s pro-Second Amendment, pro-self defense and pro-sport. But, he’s also pro common sense and he says that includes supporting legislation that would mean universal background checks that would keep guns out of the hands of felons.

“By keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them we protect our communities and in turn we protect the law abiding citizens that rely on our laws to own guns legally.”

Shapiro says the checks are already mandatory for purchases at gun stores. He says private sales should be held to the same standard.

Norristown interim police Chief Willie Richet says they’re not trying to take away anyone’s constitutional rights.

“Law abiding citizens know how to conduct themselves in a meaningful way. It’s these crooks out there, these cowards out here that are getting these illegal weapons and coming into our town and other towns.”

His message was clear. If you’re caught with an illegal gun you will be locked up. A small contingent of protesters tried to shout down the group claiming they’re taking away their Second Amendment rights.

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