WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A team of 26 cyclists arrived in D.C. today after biking 400 miles from Newtown, Conn. since Saturday.
This is the second “Sandy Hook Ride on Washington,” which is meant to promote what the group calls “common sense legislation to reduce gun violence.”
Each person on “Team 26” represents one of the people killed by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre on Dec. 14, 2012.
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The team consists of professional and top amateur and masters cyclists, as well as three people who call Newtown home. Two riders actually have children who went to Sandy Hook Elementary.
The group says it supports requiring all gun buyers pass criminal background checks, a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, making gun trafficking a federal crime and strengthening gun ownership restrictions for people with severe mental illness.
At a press conference held in front of the Capitol building, lawmakers from Connecticut stood with Team 26 to speak about the need for new gun control legislation.