Portland, Maine

Activists hold rally to call for gun-control laws

Maine activists joined demonstrations taking place across the country Saturday to call for legislation to prevent gun violence. In Portland, area community leaders expressed support for measures like the new bipartisan proposal before Congress to require background checks for commercial gun sales. According to WCSH-TV, the names of 33 gun-violence victims, including several Mainers, were read to represent the 33 people killed in the United States each day in gun-related homicides. Opponents of expanded background checks say criminals would simply go around the system and obtain guns illegally.