The U.S. Conference of Mayors has 1,408 members representing cities across the country with a population of 30,000 or more people. This week the bipartisan group went to Boston for its annual meeting, during which its members passed numerous gun control resolutions.
Citing the recent shootings in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas, the group said, “we are at a moment in time in which we may be able to enact meaningful gun safety legislation, both in our states and at the national level.”
“The U.S. Conference of Mayors has a 50-year history of formally adopting and aggressively promoting strong policies to reduce gun violence, all consistent with its support for the Second Amendment to the Constitution,” it continued.
It went on to list all of the policies it supports:
Strengthening the Regulation of Gun Sales and Dealers, including:
- Limiting the number of guns a person may purchase in a single transaction or in a month or other specified period of time;
- Banning replica handguns;
- Increasing inspections of licensed gun dealers; and
- Targeting and holding responsible gun dealers who break the law by knowingly selling guns to straw purchasers;
Banning Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines, including:
- Reinstating a strengthened, effective ban on military-style assault weapons, such as AK-47s, and their component parts; and
- Banning large capacity ammunition feeding devices and the importation of all large capacity ammunition clips.
Supporting Local Efforts to Reduce and Combat Gun Crimes, including:
- Opposing concealed carry reciprocity policies and legislation that would circumvent city policies established to protect residents;
- Providing local governments and law enforcement officials access to ATF gun trace data;
- Opposing “Stand Your Ground” or “Shoot First” laws and urging state legislatures that have adopted such laws to repeal them; and
- Encouraging mayors to take executive actions to combat gun violence and illegal use and trafficking of guns;
Protecting Young People, including:
- Opposing proposals to allow teachers and other non-law enforcement, non-security personnel to carry firearms in K-12 schools;
- Raising the youth handgun ban from 18 to 21 years of age;
- Banning juvenile possession of semiautomatic assault rifles; and
- Holding gun owners criminally liable when children gain access to improperly stored guns.
Protecting Domestic Violence Victims, including:
- Prohibiting persons convicted of domestic violence crimes or subject to final domestic violence restraining orders from acquiring or possessing firearms; and
- Requiring prohibited domestic abusers to turn in firearms they already own; and
And? And if that wasn’t enough the mayors also came out in favor of banning bump stocks and related devices, supporting red flag laws and universal background checks.
Not surprisingly, this agenda was music to the ears of Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control organization funded by billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg. Everytown is the umbrella organization for Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (which consists of over 1,000 mayors, many of whom probably also belong to the U.S. Conference of Mayors).
“Mayors are on the frontlines of America’s gun violence crisis, so it’s no surprise they’re also leading the charge to pass common-sense, life-saving laws,” Everytown President John Fienblatt said in a statement. “It’s time for our leaders in Washington to follow the lead of America’s mayors and put public safety over NRA priorities.”
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