#WearOrange brings attention to gun safety across the country

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The hashtag “#wearorange” was trending on Twitter Thursday.

It’s an idea from “Everytown,” a group devoted to ending gun violence.

On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, people shared social media stories of why they are wearing orange. One said her mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting.

9 On Your Side talked to a Pitt County Sheriff’s deputy who teaches concealed carry classes.

“You need to keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times, be familiar with the firearm type, never put your finger on the trigger till you’re on target and ready to shoot, and know your target and what’s beyond. Treat all guns as if loaded, those are the four basic safety rules,” explained Deputy Jim Marsal.

On the President’s Twitter account, President Barack Obama said don’t only wear orange on Thursday, but to sign a petition to get Congress to pass legislation to stop gun violence.

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