Anti-gun activists gather for vigil on Capitol Hill

St. Marks Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill was packed Wednesday night.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - St. Marks Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill was packed Wednesday night. 

The seats filled with people directly impacted by gun violence. 

On their minds, their loved ones, many killed in some of the deadliest mass shootings in the country. This is the 5th year this vigil was held. It's meant to bring attention to the victims and gun control laws.

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The vigil happened just blocks from where lawmakers decided today to approve a bill that boosts the background check system for guns, but also makes it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. 
 
"It makes me very angry because every state should be allowed to have their own concealed carry laws. It's up to the states to determine that," said Barbara Faigan who attended Wednesday night. 

Some are calling it a win for gun owners, but two months after the deadliest shooting in US history, those who came to mourn loved ones, disagree. 
 
"Choosing this time was despicable. Anytime is a bad time to choose laws that go against common sense regulations it's time for basic protection of all of us. I think a lot of people are upset," said Claire Dennis. 
 

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