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MAYOR BRONIN JOINS COALITION OF MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS

(Jan 7, 2016) Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that as one of his first actions as Mayor, he is joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national, bipartisan coalition of mayors united in an effort to end gun violence and keep illegal guns off the streets. Earlier this week, President Obama issued a series of executive actions to address gun violence and save lives. Mayor Bronin applauds the President's leadership and actions and stands with him in the critical fight against gun violence. 

“Today, I stand with mayors across the country in calling for common-sense policies to end the trafficking and possession of illegal guns on our streets,” Mayor Bronin said. “The effects of gun violence shatter families and neighborhoods. Last year, illegal guns were responsible for all gun deaths in our city. Enough is enough. President Obama rightfully took executive actions to curb gun violence, and I urge Congress to pass common-sense gun laws.  As we continue to push hard for action nationally, we need to do everything we can at the city and state levels to combat gun violence and the illegal use and distribution of firearms in this region.”

In 2015, there were 26 firearm-related homicides in Hartford – all as a result of illegal guns. Mayor Bronin has heard from victims of gun violence and is committed to ending gun violence by focusing on community policing and neighborhood revitalization efforts. The Mayor has called for a Youth Service Corp to create jobs for young men and women to improve and enhance Hartford’s neighborhoods.

“As Mothers United Against Violence, we applaud the Mayor’s effort to reach out to other mayors to battle this great epidemic called gun violence in America,” said the Rev. Henry Brown, founder of the Hartford-based organization.

"Hartford moms know how important it is to have strong leaders who support common sense ideas that protect families,” said Susan Hanjian, Hartford Local Group Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “When Moms Demand Action merged with Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2014, we committed ourselves to working with law enforcement, faith leaders and survivors of gun violence to do whatever it takes to prevent gun violence. Today, we're proud that another important public servant has committed himself to this critically important issue and welcome Mayor Bronin to our coalition. We look forward to standing together and pursuing policies that will keep Hartford's citizens safe from gun violence."

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a national coalition formed in 2006 by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The bipartisan coalition of more than 1,000 current and former mayors unites mayors and survivors to promote common goals including, protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the background check system that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns.

Upon joining the coalition, Mayor Bronin signed the following statement of principles:

Whereas: 30,000 Americans across the country are killed every year as a result of gun violence – including 12,000 who are murdered – destroying families and communities in big cities and small towns; and

Whereas: As Mayors, we are duty-bound to do everything in our power to protect our residents, especially our children, from harm, and there is no greater threat to public safety than the threat of illegal guns;

Now, therefore, we resolve to work together to find innovative new ways to advance the following principles:

 

·         Punish to the maximum extent of the law criminals who possess, use, and traffic in illegal guns.

·         Target and hold accountable irresponsible gun dealers who break the law by knowingly selling guns to straw purchasers.

·         Extend background check requirements to all gun sales, including the private sales that take place online and at gun shows.

·         Oppose all federal efforts to restrict cities’ right to access, use, and share trace data that is so essential to effective enforcement, or to interfere with the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to combat illegal gun trafficking.

·         Work to develop and use technologies that aid in the detection and tracing of illegal guns.

·         Support all local state and federal legislation that targets illegal guns; coordinate legislative, enforcement, and litigation strategies; and share information and best practices.

·         Invite other cities to join us in this new national effort.

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