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Protesters gathered outside an East Orange gun shop Saturday hoping to raise awareness about illegal guns and their impact on New Jersey?s young people.
Protesters say they are sick and tired of losing their loved ones to gun violence, but say guns are just part of the problem.
"We must stem the flow of illegal guns and illegal drugs in our community,? Lawrence Hamm of The People?s Organization for Progress says.
The organization says it chose the gun shop as a symbol for their fight. They say even though weapons are often sold legally, they can still end up in the wrong hands.
However, Rev. David Jefferson, who came out to support the group's cause, is against gun shop sales and calls for a more drastic approach.
A lieutenant who was policing the protest says gun shops often help police track down bullets from shell casings at murder scenes because they keep logs of who is buying which bullets.