NASHVILLE, Tenn - Two local church leaders are pushing for a big change to the nation's gun laws.
Priests from St. Edward's and St. Ann's Catholic churches are reaching out to their congregations to support a petition to Congress and the President to ban assault weapons.
This is all in response to the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last month. Leaders at the two local Catholic churches said current law allows assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips to be sold to the public, and that this lack of regulation, "is resulting in the mass killing of our children and other innocent people. "
The petition calls for gun laws to be changed to prohibit the availability of these weapons to the public, and will be available to parishioners starting this weekend. Members are being asked to sign the petition and make copies of it to share with others.
Church officials hope this will cause other churches, schools, businesses and organizations to get involved.