Gun violence rally held at Colorado State Capitol

Victims' families, officials to speak at rally

DENVER - Demonstrators demanding stricter gun laws gathered outside the Colorado State Capitol at noon on Monday.

More than 100 gun-control supporters rallied on the Capitol steps with signs that said "Let Us Live."

The gun violence prevention rally was organized by Together Colorado, a group that specializes in community organizing.

The rally included speeches and presentation by friends and family of gun violence victims, religious leaders, elected officials and other advocates of stricter regulations on firearms.

Inside, state lawmakers are beginning debate on several gun control issues.

Several Democrats want measures including expanded background checks for gun purchases and a possible statewide assault-weapons ban.

Republicans are arguing for a bill to strengthen school safety by allowing school employees to carry concealed weapons.