Washington, D.C.— Today at 3:15 PM Eastern, the mayors of Dayton, Chicago, Austin, Houston, and Savannah will convene a virtual press conference to discuss the alarming rise in gun violence across the country and to urge President Biden to take immediate action to make their cities safer for their residents.

Over the weekend, four cities – Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Savannah – faced mass shootings in a span of six hours that left at least 38 people wounded and six people dead. For months, mayors have been urging the Senate to immediately consider two pieces of legislation that would strengthen America’s background check system: HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and HR 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. However, Washington has failed to take meaningful action to address the rise in gun violence across the country. Mayors will urge President Biden to make gun violence prevention a priority for his Administration.

To RSVP and receive a link to the virtual press conference, please email Sara Durr at [email protected]


Virtual press conference to discuss the high levels of gun violence in America and steps that can be taken to protect Americans.


  • Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley, USCM President
  • Chicago (IL) Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
  • Austin (TX) Mayor Steve Adler
  • Houston (TX) Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • Savannah (GA) Mayor Van Johnson II
  • San Jose (CA) Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director


Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 3:15 PM Eastern


Please email Sara Durr at [email protected]