At this week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Dayton Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley urged Congress to pass new gun control laws at the national level. More than 300 mayors attended the conference this week.
“We are seeing no movement out of the capital and our communities are begging for this change,” said Whaley.
“Mayors are on the front line of this issue,” she said. “We will continue to be on the front line of this issue because we have no other choice. Because we get the calls at night when someone in our communities has died from insane gun violence.”
“I want Washington to do something that’s meaningful for our community.”
she continued. “These are all national issues that have just been completely ignored in the city for the past few years and we want action. We can take care of ourselves, we’re a gritty, resilient city that doesn’t count on anyone else. But we want action and a real partnership out of this city and we’re not really seeing that.”
Whaley and others are pushing to increase regulations regarding “ghost guns,” or guns made at home from parts and kits. Whaley also urged Congress to crack down on illegal guns and gun violence on the federal level.
Dayton made headlines last year following a shooting that left nine dead including the shooter. Police responded in less than a minute and killed the shooter. As many as 26 other people suffered injuries related to the attack, though most were released from medical care shortly after.
Proud, as always, to stand with my fellow @usmayors to learn from one another and to speak collectively about the need for partnership from Washington to move all of our cities forward. #MayorsDC20 pic.twitter.com/pkI94VZCMS— Nan Whaley (@nanwhaley) January 22, 2020
“We know that we really need the Congress to act on a national policy for common-sense gun regulations,” said Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “I want the Congress to be able to pass a sensible bill that protects us.”
“We all can do our part with our local gun laws, but [ghost guns], we know, is an issue that needs national attention,” Bowser added.
Manufacturing guns at home from kits — typically using 80 percent receivers — is legal, and for many hobby-level gunsmiths, a fun activity. Despite this, gun control advocates have been pushing harder recently to restrict the sale of gun parts for home builders.