Gun control bills hotly debated in State House public hearings
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The emotional and divisive issue of gun control drew large crowds of passionate speakers from both sides of the debate to the State House on Wednesday, as lawmakers held public hearings on four gun-related bills.
On the day before the Feb. 14 anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings, people jostled for space in the hearing rooms and spilled out into the hallways as testimony got underway on bills to allow gun-free school zones, background checks for all commercial sales and waiting periods for gun purchases.
The House Education Committee was expecting to wrap up its hearing on two bills regarding gun-free school zones by noon, but as of lunchtime the committee still had 30 speakers waiting in line.