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Virginia gun control advocates, opponents lobby legislators

Lobbyists are gathering in Virginia to debate gun laws.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia gun-control advocates and opponents are having their say at the General Assembly.

About 200 people attended a rally Monday by the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League at the State Capitol. Most wore stickers saying "Guns Save Lives," and some openly carried handguns or rifles.

A gun-control group, the Virginia Center for Public Safety, also was lobbying legislators and planned a vigil for victims of gun violence. The two sides differ on an array of gun legislation, including a bill to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

Other gun-friendly measures are expected, including one to prohibit colleges and universities from barring gun possession on campuses.

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