ST PAUL, Minn. — Hundreds of people are expected to gather outside of the Minnesota State Capitol Wednesday night for a rally against gun violence and hate.

Members of Protect MN and MN Moms Demand Action are co-organizing the rally. They're demanding lawmakers on the state and federal levels take action and enact tougher gun laws, including criminal background checks for gun owners.

"It's time for Minnesotans who are frustrated that nothing is being done about gun violence to get together at the state capitol and hope that we can help out legislators who understand that this needs to happen,"  said Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executive director of Protect MN.

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"We don't want to wait for an El Paso or a Dayton or a Gilroy to happen here in Minnesota before we take action. We want to prevent these tragedies."

The rally will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the south steps of the capitol.

Speakers will include Governor Tim Walz, Senator Ron Latz, Representative Dave Pinto, leaders from the different faith communities, and Sami Rahamim, who is a survivor of gun violence

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