Sandy Hook families to call on Congress to act on gun violence (VIDEO)

WFSB 3 Connecticut

Following a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting two years ago, those who lost loved ones in the tragedy, are calling for tougher gun laws.

On Monday morning, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christ Murphy along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty were joined by Sandy Hook families, other victims of gun violence and advocates to mark the second year since the tragedy in Newtown.

At the event, the lawmakers unveiled new pins that will display the number of gun deaths in Connecticut. They said they will wear those pins in Congress as a constant reminder for some comprehensive action when it comes to stopping gun violence.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Connecticut passed some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But congress has failed to do anything on a national level. Now they are renewing efforts to get universal background checks to stop straw purchases and illegal trafficking. They are also pushing for a national ban on guns deemed assault weapons.

Also on Monday, families of nine victims killed and another who was injured during the shooting filed suit against the maker of the gun police say the gunman used to kill 20 students and six educators.

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