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Newtown Action Alliance heads to Washington

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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Nine months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and just a day after a shooting at a Washington DC Navy Yard, dozens of people are heading to the nation's capital to talk about gun control.

Members of the Newtown Action Alliance are heading to Washington DC to speak with lawmakers, heading out letters and doing what they can to push for tougher federal gun laws, specifically universal background checks.

Their first stop is to be a hearing by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, on Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

The group said the trip was planned before the shooting on Monday and brought back "terrible feelings."

Several parents of children killed at Sandy Hook lobbied Congress earlier this year for legislation that ultimately failed.

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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