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Mother of teen killed by stray bullet denounces concealed carry billPosted: Updated:
A mother who knows the pain of a gun violence death is joining the fight against a bill that would make it easier to bring handguns across state lines.
Nadie McKenzie lost her 13-year-old daughter Shamoya last year when she was driving home in Mount Vernon.
She says that while in the vehicle, an armed man was chasing another person. The gunman opened fire, missed his target, and the stray bullet tore through the vehicle and struck Shamoya in the head.
McKenzie blames weak gun laws part of the reason for her daughter's death, which has made her staunchlyoppose a bill that eases regulations on concealed carry permits.
The legislation that passed Wednesday in the House of Representatives was the first firearms-related bill Congress has voted on since the massacres at a Las Vegas concert and a Texas church.
While gun advocates say a person's Second Amendment right shouldn't be stripped just because they travel, McKenzie disagrees.
"Not unless someone for them dies from the gun will they really understand why we don't want these guns on the street," McKenzie says.