Activists Continue To Fight For Gun Purchase Background Checks

Roanoke, VA - Activists who want to see what they call "sensible" changes to gun laws demonstrated in front of Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office on Wednesday.

The group included members of the Blue Ridge Coalition Against Gun Violence.

Much of the protest in Roanoke centered around the recent arrest of Kevin Colgan.

Colgan is a Roanoke man charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.

Organizers say Colgan bragged on Facebook about illegally obtaining a handgun, using the so-called "gun show loophole".

That, they argue, is more proof universal background checks are needed. "He's the one that was stupid enough to post it on FaceBook. He's not the first one to do and he won't be the last person that's going to do it," said organizer, Mary Barfield Croft with Blue Ridge Coalition Against Gun Violence.Opponents of additional gun laws say private citizens have a right to sell their private property without government intrusion.