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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The father of one of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims appeared in Richmond Thursday afternoon speaking out on reducing gun violence, along with gun owners and local who want to toughen gun laws.

“People need to realize we’re not trying to take away their gun rights. We’re talking about saving lives,” said Neil Heslin, whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The event, which took place in Byrd Park, was part of a 25-state bus tour urging lawmakers to change gun policies.

The group is calling on lawmakers to toughen background checks and to close the gun show loop hole.

Twenty firstgraders and six staff members were killed in the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.