ROCKVILLE, Md. - Student walkouts are planned in schools across the nation on Gun Violence Awareness Day as President Biden calls for tougher gun laws following a spike in mass shootings.
FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick says the Wear Orange Campaign was started by students in Chicago after a classmate was killed by a stray bullet.
In Montgomery County, Richard Montgomery High School students are among those who plan to participate in a walk out.
The protests follow a tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas where a gunman's rampage killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.
Last month an 18-year-old opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people.
Biden said mass shootings at supermarkets, schools, churches and hospitals have turned into everyday places into killing fields.
A House panel advanced legislation Thursday that would raise the age limit for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21. In addition, the bill also would make it a federal offense to import, manufacture or possess large-capacity magazines and would create a grant program to buy back such magazines.