WASHINGTON, DC - The National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, released the following statement in response to Senator Dianne Feinstein's legislation introduced today to reduce gun violence:
"NLC shares Senator Feinstein's goal of keeping deadly assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices off the streets of America's cities and towns, and endorses this legislation. Further, we hope that both the Senate and House will move quickly to pass this bill aimed at addressing the gun violence epidemic that plagues our country.
"We laud Senator Feinstein for her leadership and enduring commitment to this issue, but also believe gun violence prevention efforts can go farther. The recent tragedies caused by guns have changed the way citizens think about public safety; this epidemic affects everyone-from police officers, to teachers and city leaders - and demonstrates a need for a comprehensive strategy that includes mental health services and crime prevention."
NLC further supports the Administration's actions and measures to reduce gun violence announced last week. NLC has a longstanding policy calling on the federal government to ban the manufacture, sale, importation, or transfer of all automatic assault-type weapons and those semi-automatic assault type weapons which can be rendered automatic, except for legitimate use by the military and police officers. In addition, NLC supports federal action that would:
• require the registration of all handguns and the licensing of all firearms owners;
• a ban on armor piercing bullets (except for military purposes);
• a 30-day waiting period for the purchase and transfer of all firearms;
• the engagement of the Centers for Disease Control in an effort to understand the mental health aspects of gun violence;
• expansion of funding for mental health services through the Affordable Care Act;
• mandatory sentences for the use of firearms in the commission of a crime;
• federal funding for local crime prevention programs that address gun violence;
• a requirement that all firearms dealers be licensed by the federal government and be in full compliance with all state and local laws;
• the lifting of federal laws that limit the federal government's ability to share "trace data" and other firearms data with local governments; and
• the option for states, cities and towns to adopt stricter standards and rules regarding the purchase, storage and possession of firearms.
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.