Gun violence rally held near Smith and Wesson

(Western Mass News photo)

In the wake of walkouts and calls across the country for more restrictive gun laws, students protesters and religious leaders met outside of local gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson in the hopes of catching the attention of the CEO for a meeting.

Friday afternoon, several dozen students and others were across the street from Smith and Wesson as they tried to deliver a letter and signatures to the gun manufacturer for the second time in just a few weeks.

They are asking for a meeting with the CEO at Smith and Wesson, but were told no one was there to take their letter.

Organizers of today's protest said that they've had been hoping to meet with P. James Debney, the CEO of Smith and Wesson's parent company to discuss finding solutions to the problem of gun violence.

During a rally on March 17, they collected signatures and delivered a letter and asked for a reply within 30 days.

As of April 14, that deadline had passed and as of today, they renewed their call for a meeting.

"I just want them to take us seriously and to actually collaborate with us. We're not trying to make enemies with them, not trying to target them. I'm just trying to collaborate and put people first," said one student.

We reached out to Smith and Wesson's media relations for a comment on the letter and they do not have it, at this time.

The students, at one point, did ask those gathered to call the company and share their thoughts. They also said that they plan to be back, but did not say when.

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