Meet the man who turned in his AR-15 after the Florida school shooting

March 12, 2018

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I don’t need this. I’m not going to use it to protect my home. And I’m tired of seeing people die.

— Chris Shields

Turning in his AR-15 was a tough decision for Nebraska resident Chris Shields.

I know I’m going to lose a couple of friends over this.

— Chris Shields

Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Shields turned in his AR-15 to make a statement about gun control.

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If our government can’t police us properly, then we need to make some major changes.

— Chris Shields

Shields has this message for the Parkland teens.

People are listening, you know. I saw their message and heard their voices.

— Chris Shields

I did it because I want [my kids] to feel safe at school. I don't want them to have to go through what so many of our schoolchildren have gone through.

— Chris Shields

"It's just something I own, you know. I don't love my guns; I love my family. And in that spirit, I can do without this item in my life."