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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — High school students and allies seeking stronger gun control laws in North Carolina following last month’s Florida school shootings walked through downtown Raleigh in solidarity with a similar weekend rally in Washington.

Other “March for Our Lives” events took place in a dozen other cities across North Carolina on Saturday.

At the Raleigh rally, teenagers, a high school teacher and two Democratic state legislators spoke out to find solutions for gun violence.

Organizers say many of the rallies attracted thousands in support of legislation that would raise the age at which buyers can purchase some rifles and would improve and expand background checks.

Seventeen people died in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.