National League of Cities Statement Following President Obama’s Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON—San Bernardino, Calif., Charleston, S.C. and cities and towns across America bear the toll of gun-related violence that has become all too common in our communities. Every day, mayors and councilmembers are called on to be the voice of communities stricken by gun violence. The National League of Cities (NLC) has been a longstanding advocate of making cities safer by calling on federal policymakers to require background checks for every gun purchaser, regardless of where the gun is purchased. NLC supports the goals of President Obama's actions to expand gun background checks and enforcement to make communities safer from gun violence.

"Gun violence is an epidemic in America. It's heartbreaking to speak with the local leaders and residents of communities stricken by gun violence, and who must begin to heal after a horrific shooting," said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC). "In too many cases, tragedy may have been prevented by a better federal policy around background checks. Cities call on Congress and the Administration to work together to create a sound gun policy that will help to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands."

In November, at NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn., NLC members representing communities large and small unanimously approved Resolution 22, which calls for legislation to reduce gun violence. The resolution outlines recommendations for federal gun policy and calls on Congress to take action to require federally-funded background checks that are consistent with state and local laws.

NLC and its members are ready to work with the Administration and Congress to reduce gun violence and help keep our communities safe.

Click here to read Resolution 22 from the National Municipal Policy.

The National League of Cities (NLC) 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.