Gun safety campaign re-ignites on 10th anniversary of shootings

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) On this 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, families and friends of the victims are re-igniting the push to prevent it from happening ever again.

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It's called Campaign 32 and it has a wide backing. The campaign was started by the Virginia Tech Victims' Families Outreach Foundation. They want to work with states to beef up their preventive measures.

The VTV Families Outreach Foundation is made up of family and friends of the 32 victims. The foundation says that it's supported by groups on both ends of the political spectrum, including the NRA.

It wants all states to fully participate in submitting records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, used for checking gun purchases.

The Virginia Tech gunman was treated for mental illness, but was never added to the list.

"We want to ensure that we take every possible precaution to prevent people who are perhaps the most like to cause harm to others from getting a gun," VTV Executive Director Paul Friedman said.

Federal legislation was put in place to make this happen, but never came through. The foundation says one of the biggest things it needs right now is donations to help that research and funding.