- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers, law enforcement officials and advocates are calling on Congress to act to stop gun violence.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Gov. Gina Raimondo, law enforcement officials, including the Rhode Island State Police commander, and advocates spoke at an event Friday at the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence.

Reed says Congress needs to close loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without having first passed a background check.

Raimondo says there must be a commitment to building safer neighborhoods and schools.

The speakers say there have been nearly 150 school shootings at schools and colleges since the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

A school shooting has not occurred in Rhode Island since the killings of 20 children and six educators in Newtown.

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