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Vigil in Maine Held for Conn. Shooting Victims
December 17, 2012  

More than 100 people attended the Sunday night vigil in Portland's Monument Square, which was organized by the Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A candlelight vigil in Portland brought expressions of sympathy and support for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., along with calls for stricter gun control laws.

More than 100 people attended the Sunday night vigil in Portland's Monument Square, which was organized by the Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence.

Bill Harwood, a founding member of the group, called on the state to do more regulate gun sales and keep weapons away from people who may be mentally ill.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan also said the Connecticut tragedy shows the need for tougher laws. He said people do not need to own assault rifles to hunt or protect themselves.

School superintendent Emmanuel Caulk told the gathering that Portland schools have taken steps to make students are safe.

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