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Students from a Maryland high school walked out of class to march on the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

High school and middle school students from across the United States staged walk-outs Wednesday to show support to the students of Stoneman Douglas High School. In the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives, students have been appealing directly to lawmakers to reform gun laws.

Below, a look at the nationwide protests...

Tallahassee, Florida

Parkland students arrived in buses at the State Capitol building late Tuesday night and organized a rally with thousands of peers today. Yesterday, the Florida House Republican majority rejected to consider a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the aftermath of the tragedy.

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Students across Florida, including at Western High School in Davie, Oasis Middle School in Cape Coral, and Coral Glades school in Coral Springs walked out in protest.

Students of Coral Glades High School, a high school less than four miles from Douglas, join the protest. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Chicago, Illinois

Students at Oak Park and River Forest High School in a suburb of Chicago also staged a walk-out, the Chicago Tribune reports. In a note to parents, the school's principal said, "Our goal is not to stop students from walking out. They have a right to peacefully protest. Our goal is to ensure they are kept safe in the process."

Montgomery Country, Maryland

Close to 1,000 students from three Maryland high schools walked out and took the train to Union Station to march on the U.S. Capitol. The students represented Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, per the Washington Examiner.

Students march down Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Students from Washburn High School, Roosevelt High School, South High School, and Southwest High School in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs staged a walk-out and marched on their City Hall for gun control, local Fox affiliate reports.

Monmouth County, New Jersey

Students from high schools around the Jersey Shore area joined the national protest, with walk-outs at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin and Middletown High School South in Middletown, according to the Ashbury Park Press.

Independence, Kentucky

At Simon Kenton High School, students walked out of class and marched for 17 minutes around the school grounds to honor the 17 kids and adults who were massacred in the Parkland shooting, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Prosecutor: Fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. was "justified"

Khalil Ferebee (C), the son of Andrew Brown Jr., and attorneys Bakari Sellers (L) and Harry Daniel (R) at a May 11 news conference in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

A North Carolina prosecutor said Tuesday that the death of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man fatally shot by sheriff's deputies last month, was "tragic" but "justified," due to the immediate threat officers believed Brown posed.

Why it matters: The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into Brown's death. Police in Elizabeth City shot him five times, including in the back of his head, according to an independent autopsy report released by family attorneys last month.

McCarthy comes out against bipartisan deal on Jan. 6 commission

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will oppose a bipartisan deal announced last week that would form a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, his office announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: McCarthy's opposition to the deal, which was negotiated by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, underscores the internal divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the wake of Jan. 6.

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The Chinese government's anti-monopoly machinery presents a major challenge to U.S. and European regulators, a new book argues.

Why it matters: China's huge markets are attracting investment from multinational corporations and shaping the behavior of its own globe-trotting companies — giving international heft to the country's idiosyncratic antitrust enforcement and putting it on a collision course with Western-style regulation.