‘Wear Orange’ rallygoers speak out against gun violence

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There were multiple “Wear Orange” rallies in Connecticut Saturday where participants spoke out against gun violence. 

In Newtown, supporters of stricter gun laws marched more than two miles from Newtown Middle School to the Fairfield Hills Campus. Marchers included members of the Newtown Action Alliance, the Connecticut Against Gun Violence Organization and Moms Demand Action.

Speakers at the ensuing Fairfield Hills rally included Selectman Jim Gaston, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and members of anti-gun violence groups, such as Sandy Hook Promise.

Sen. Blumenthal said he is inspired by the students.

It was an emotional scene in Kent where a Sandy Hook massacre survivor named Riley spoke about his experience and the loss of his best friend. 

Maria Horn, a candidate for state representative, also spoke.

The event was organized by Moms Demand Action. 

Fairfield marked the day with an official proclamation. First Selectman Michael Tetreau declared June 2 as "Wear Orange Day." 

Tetrau says the day will help people come together every year to renew a commitment to reduce gun violence.

Saturday’s events come after Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill this week banning bump stocks.

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