Petaluma Mayor Signs Letter Urging Obama to Tighten Gun Laws

Calls on President to renew the federal assault weapons ban, require every buyer to pass a criminal background check and use the National Criminal Background Check System to prosecute crimes


Petaluma Mayor David Glass is one of more than 700 mayors across the country who have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to pass legislation tightening gun laws.

The letter was sent Wednesday by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national bipartisan coalition started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in 2006.

In the letter, the group calls on President Obama to renew the federal assault weapons ban, require every buyer to pass a criminal background check and use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data to go after gun owners with a criminal history. It also urges legislation to close gun sales through private sellers, such as at gun shows.

“I believe in the Second Amendment and that what they are asking for is for common sense legislation,” Glass said. “I don’t know if any legislation stops violence, but you gotta turn the stone somewhere. Some people get their jollies by going shooting, but nobody needs an assault gun to go hunting.”

Glass joins mayors from at least a dozen Bay Area cities including Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, Pacifica, San Jose, San Leandro and Martinez.

To read the full letter sent by Bloomberg and Menino, click the attachment in the documents above. 

Then tell us, are you in favor of tightening gun laws? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Mike Hamilton December 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
As a 31 veteran of the SFPD who spent 13 of those years working at/with ATF investigating and prosecuting well over 500 gun cases I can state, based on expeience, any new, or for that matter old law, is does not effect the "bad guy". The only accomplishment/result will be.....NOTHING. Except PO'd law abiding people.
John.Maher December 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
May it be a long and healthy hate. - Hawkeye Pierce
Michael Nagler December 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
These proposed new restrictions are a minimal but very important first step in showing that America can return to normalcy.
Bradford A Morris December 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM
When I was 19 I went to a garage sale in San Francisco and paid $50 for a 22 rifle. I went to the police dept and had it checked and it was clear so I kept it. So I was able to just go buy a gun no check not even the police wanted anything from me. So Mike Hamilton you are so right. The laws will just hurt the people who do everything to be accountable for the gun they want. Now I am sure guns will triple in price which will hurt guess who? Isolated few incendents makes people go over the edge. Does anybody remember the oil spill by BP . O yea forgot about that. That's my point.
Darris December 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I agree with Mike and Bradford completely on this issue. Responding to the recent horror with fear and emotion doesn't have us making the best choices.
France Antelme April 16, 2013 at 07:42 AM
An altogether fashionable, intellectually lazy response from Mayor Glass, playing to the current 'Gun Control" hysteria and trying to show that he is "doing something". The true root causes of our problems are: a. Increasingly realistic and extremely violent video games and movies glamorizing violence b. Incessant, hysterical coverage of violent incidents in the media, creating an image of notoriety and ambition to outdo their predecessors for perpetrators of heinous acts such as Newtown. c. A surfeit of mentally unbalanced individuals who show strong evidence of deviant behavior but are neither identified nor adequately treated before they commit a violent act, primed by the first two points above. China has had 11 school massacres since 2010, 25 children killed and 115 seriously injured. Implements: Knives, Machetes and meat cleavers. Not one firearm. We need to address the three points above and engage in a serious national debate about why we, as a society show such a propensity for violence. Gun restrictions will have absolutely no effect and they apportion blame to the implement, not the root cause. Where to next? Automobiles are damaging to the environment and are lethal in the hands of the incompetent, the "texters" etc, so lets ban them! Wake up people, in the interests of greater "safety" and "Normality" your rights, and responsibilities, as free citizens will slowly but surely be chipped away! Just another politician trying to curry votes


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