For safer gun laws: Westonites to march on Valentine’s Day

Weston residents will march together in a Valentine’s Day rally at the state Capitol building in Hartford as part of March for Change, a bipartisan grassroots initiative formed to advocate for safer gun laws in Connecticut.

“With our Newtown neighbors in our hearts, we will join other Connecticut residents to show support for stronger gun violence prevention legislation that will protect our communities,” said Dawn Egan, one of Weston’s planning committee members for March for Change.

The peaceful demonstration is affiliated with CT Against Gun Violence, a Connecticut nonprofit organization working toward the enactment of effective anti-gun violence legislation, which includes a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, a strengthening of the state’s assault weapons ban and universal background checks on all sales and transfers.

The rally will take place on the north steps of the state Capitol, overlooking Bushnell Park in Hartford, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Weston organizers have reserved coach buses to transport those interested in attending the rally. The buses will leave from St. Francis of Assisi Church parking lot on Norfield Road in Weston at 8:30 a.m., with boarding beginning at 8. The cost is $20 per person.

A seating reservation is required and may be made by emailing [email protected] by Jan. 25. Seating is limited.

“What happened in Newtown has become a defining moment for many of us,” said Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein, also one of the local organizers. “March for Change is an opportunity to take an important step in demanding the type of changes that will help keep our children safe.”

March for Change will be held rain or shine, with a snowstorm date of Feb. 28. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the event.

People are encouraged to wear green to show solidarity on the second-month anniversary of the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown.

For more information about the rally, visit marchforchange.org.

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