More than 200 Mayors – Republican and Democratic – Send Letter Calling for Senate to Return and Consider Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – TODAY at 3:30 p.m. EST, a bipartisan group of mayors, including the mayors of Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, will hold a telephone news conference following release of a letter signed by more than 200 Republican and Democratic mayors from across the country. The letter urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to bring the Senate back to Washington to take action on bipartisan gun safety legislation.
The mayors’ call to action comes after gun violence tore apart the communities of El Paso and Dayton this past weekend. Mayors are on the front lines of the gun violence tragedies that have ripped through American cities, and the bipartisan group will be calling upon the Senate to take up two bipartisan bills that have previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives: H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019.
For over five decades, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) has been vocal on the issue of gun violence prevention. Mayors passed a series of resolutions to address this crisis at its 87th Annual Meeting.
- Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills (MI), USCM President
- Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton (OH), USCM Second Vice President
- Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso (TX)
- Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia (SC), USCM Past President
Thursday, August 8, 3:30 p.m. EST
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