'No More Excuses' group calls for stricter gun laws

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Activists say they will accept "no more excuses" from lawmakers who fail to pass stricter gun laws.

The "NoMoreExcuses" movement was sparked by the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people died at at Stoneman Douglas High School.

The group held a news conference outside of the Palmetto State Armory in Summerville Friday afternoon.

It called on people to sign up to go with them to Columbia to petition lawmakers to act toughen gun laws in South Carolina.

Approximately 50 people had signed up as of Friday afternoon.

"I have spent my entire life trying to protect children and students who attend our schools," said Stewart Weinberg, "We must come together. We must look at effective background checks. We must eliminate assault rifles. We need to protect our children."

No More Excuses chose the Palmetto State Armory to hold the presser because members say the store sells military style weapons to the public.

Palmetto State Armory released the following statement:

Palmetto State Armory was made aware of a group of Americans that are intending to exercise their 1st Amendment right.  While the subject is not in line with Palmetto State Armory's views, we still believe that they have the right to voice their opinion.  That right, like so many others, is what makes this country great. 

Palmetto State Armory believes that the 2nd Amendment helps to protect the 1st Amendment.  Even though our views may differ, we will support our fellow Americans as they exercise their constitutional right.  While we don't support the subject matter of this rally, we do believe every American deserves to be safe and hydrated, thus the reason Palmetto State Armory is providing complimentary waters to all attendees.  With this gesture, we hope to create an open dialogue with all parties involved to better this country.

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