Gun violence awareness groups in 5 Montana cities will participate in a wave of national rallies calling on the U.S. Senate to reform gun laws.
Montana members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will take a stand this weekend.
The rallies come a couple of weeks after shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
Montana chapter organizer Kiely Lammers said ralliers want lawmakers to increase the state’s required background checks for gun sales.
She said, right now, background checks are not necessary for online sales or gun show sales.
“Someone can walk into the gun show and walk out with a gun in two minutes,” she said. “No background check, no questions asked.”
Lammers said they’re requesting that lawmakers close those loopholes.
They’re also asking to put a red flag law into place in order to remove guns from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.
Groups in Great Falls, Missoula, and Helena will hold rallies on Saturday and in Billings and Bozeman on Sunday.