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Gun control advocacy groups rally with Democratic members of Congress outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Organized by Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety and Students Demand Action, the rally brought together members of Congress and gun violence survivors to demand gun safety legislation following mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Bryan Oberc, in Munster, Ind., tries out an AR-15 from Sig Sauer in the exhibition hall at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting in Indianapolis in 2019. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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Local officials point to a .50-caliber assault weapon during a 2005 news conference in Chicago, a year before Cook County officials enacted an assault weapons ban. The law has been upheld by trial and appeals courts. On Thursday, a federal appeals court again kept the law in place. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Republican Rep. Mike Turner represents Dayton, Ohio, where a mass shooting occurred over the weekend. He opposed a House bill expanding background checks but came out in favor of measures to ban assault-style weapons and proposals for red-flag bills. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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