Team 26 to make annual ride to Washington

A group cyclists will be traveling from Newtown to Washington, D.C. this weekend to support tougher laws aiming to prevent gun violence.

Members of Team 26 say they will be delivering petitions with thousands of signatures in support of gun violence prevention to the Senate and House of Representatives.

Members of Team 26 say they will be delivering petitions with thousands of signatures in support of gun violence prevention to the Senate and House of Representatives. (4/7/16)

NORWALK - A group cyclists will be traveling from Newtown to Washington, D.C. this weekend to support tougher laws aiming to prevent gun violence.

Members of Team 26 say they will be delivering petitions with thousands of signatures in support of gun violence prevention to the Senate and House of Representatives next week. The group named itself Team 26 after the 26 students and teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School more than three years ago.

Organizers of the ride are working with Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who says she wants Congress to pass a law requiring the name of every gun buyer to be run through a list to ensure that person is not a felon, domestic abuser or mentally ill.

Esty says the bill has been waiting for more than three years because Congress members will not bring it up for a vote, and those members are afraid of losing support from gun activists.

Team 26 founder Monte Frank says he uses the tragedy at Sandy Hook as his inspiration to continue the ride, now in its fourth year. He'll be making stops in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states to spread his message.

Opponents of tougher gun control laws say weapons make society safer because criminals would be dissuaded from victimizing others who could be armed.

Team 26 will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown before embarking for Washington.

More on this topic

Bike Ride from Newtown to Washington

More information

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Mount Vernon woman sentenced in daughter's killing 1 VIDEO: Mount Vernon woman sentenced in daughter's killing
2 Word on the Street: Reserved mall parking
3 SBU lax player on pace to break NCAA scoring record
4 VIDEO: Cyclists ride to raise money for affordable housing
News 12 the Bronx hit the streets to 5 Word on the Street: Paying for reserved parking

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Each of the 26 riders represents the victims 26 cyclists embark on Sandy Hook Ride on Washington

Residents met at Greenwich Town Hall to support 26 riders participating in the third annual

The group, called Team 26, say they are Cyclists ride to support stronger gun laws

A group of cyclists left Sandy Hook in Newtown Saturday to ride more than 400

Many supporters of Team 26 gathered in Newtown Bicyclists head to DC to push for gun control

A group of gun-control advocates is bicycling from Newtown to Washington, D.C. this weekend as

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE