Anti-gun violence supporters march in Charlotte

The group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, held a march in uptown Charlotte Saturday.

"Every time there's a mass shooting we grieve and send our prayers and thoughts to the families,” said Christy Clark, Moms Demand Action chapter volunteer.

Clark said the organization wants gun laws strengthened. They want permits and background checks for all gun purchases to be a requirement, not just for handguns.

"One of the ways of making it less likely that an irresponsible person gets a weapon in the first place, is to have some type of iron clad background system that covers you regardless of how the weapon is being transferred, how it's being purchased,” said State Rep. Kelly Alexander.

Gun shop owner, Larry Hyatt, told FOX 46 he believes lawmakers shouldn’t focus on making it harder for someone to buy a gun.

"No one can really feel any safer because some law is out there that criminals pay no attention to,” Hyatt said.

Hyatt said people are buying guns right now because they’re concerned about mass shootings and crime. Hyatt said his shop does take extra measures before selling a gun.

"We are the last line of defense,” he said. “All of our staff goes through training to watch out for terrorism, to watch out for straw purchases, to be clued in if somebody says something inappropriate."

The Moms Demand Action group hosted eight of these marches in North Carolina and 101 across the country.