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Team 26 to bike 400-mile journey from Newtown

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (NBC) - Saturday morning, 26 cyclists will begin a 400-mile journey from Newtown, Conn. to Washington D.C.

Nearly a year after Team 26 made the same trek, they're hoping to change the nation's gun laws and to call on Congress to pass comprehensive background check bill.

“It’s going to take persistence. In bike language, this is a stage race,” said Monte Frank, a Sandy Hook father who’s gearing up for the journey.

For him, this mission is personal.

“But what happened down the road with me forced me to take action."
Last year, Team 26 made the same journey to our nation's capital. A background check bill was brought to the floor of the U.S. senate, but didn't get enough votes to move forward.

"We don't know how long it's going to take but we do know our cause is just, it is right and it will happen,” said Rep. Elizabeth Esty.

Gun rights supporters say new gun laws won't make a difference and would only punish law abiding citizens.
The journey began Saturday morning at 8:00 in Newtown with a rally and cyclists will join along the way. It ends on Tuesday with a rally in Washington.

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