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450 Mayors Petition Obama To Adopt Broad Gun Reform

David S. Fallis | The Washington Post via YellowBrix

October 05, 2009

A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit.

The “Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns,” a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, presents 40 recommendations that “would dramatically improve law enforcement’s ability to keep guns out of the hands of criminals — and, in doing so, save innocent lives.”

The strategies outlined by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of about 450 mayors nationwide, focus on the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency, which has been sent a copy of the report, declined to comment.

“Implementing these recommendations would achieve a goal that all participants in the gun debate support: enforcing laws already on the books,” says an accompanying letter signed by the coalition’s co-chairmen, Mayors Thomas M. Menino (D) of Boston and Michael R. Bloomberg (I) of New York.

According to the report, hard work by ATF field agents has “been undermined by congressional restrictions, inadequate resources, and a lack of leadership from federal officials in Washington.”

The proposed changes could be accomplished within existing laws through agency reforms, regulatory moves and better funding, the report said. The strategies grew out of academic and government research, an analysis of firearms prosecutions and talks with government and law enforcement officials.

“The mayor’s coalition created this document for policy discussion,” said Jason Post, a spokesman for Bloomberg’s office. There are no plans for public release of the document, which is being distributed to key members of Obama’s administration and agencies affected by the recommendations.

The 51-page document suggests a handful of strategies that would tighten ATF oversight of thousands of gun shows held annually. The study noted that a 2007 inspector general’s probe concluded the “ATF does not have a formal gun show enforcement program.”

ATF agents should have greater discretion to conduct criminal investigations at gun shows identified as sources of firearms later seized in crimes, the report states, noting that “criminal activity endemic to some gun shows goes unchecked.”


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    jefferybell35

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    There are many factors to consider before something tragic of that nature will happen. I think just like the 450 mayors do. We all ready have gun laws in place and we don't need anymore. Simply just apply the ones we have because the honest man or woman that register there weapons are not the problem, it's the criminals that's posing all the problems. I hope that the ACLU will also get disbanned because they have done more harm to this country than help.

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    JeromeH

    almost 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Obama has to hear every petition made by our people so that he’ll know what really is happening in the real world. And that Vidal might be happy for him. For those of you who don't know who he is, Gore Vidal is one of most famous American authors over the past 50 years. He started off working for MGM, co wrote the epic Ben-Hur, and wrote Myra Breckinridge, a groundbreaking novel about a post-op transsexual. He's been a fierce critic of a lot of things, but lately in interviews he's been taking aim at Barack Obama, as he doesn't think he's doing anything good, and that we will see a dictatorship arise in the United States. (How it's going to work is that the Republicans will take over after Barack fails in the next election and things will get out of control – and he isn't alone in that opinion.) Maybe Gore Vidal is right – we should get payday loans and head to Canada.

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