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Port Washington North Mayor Joins 750 Officials in Letter to President Urging Tighter Gun Laws

Mayor Robert Weitzner endorses Dec. 19 letter to White House.

In the aftermath of the Newtown school tragedy, Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner this week joined a bipartisan coalition of more than 750 mayors urging President Barack Obama to put forward an agenda to make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them.

Joining Mayors Michael Bloomberg of New York and Thomas Menino of Chicago and other leaders across the nation in a call for action, Weitzner endorsed a letter to the president as part of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Included on the list are mayors from Great Neck, Lake Success and Mineola, all endorsing the Dec. 19 letter sent to the White House.

"As mayors, we are charged with keeping our communities safe. But too many of us have sat with mothers and fathers of children killed with guns. Twenty-four children enrolled in public schools in your hometown of Chicago were shot to death just last year," stated the letter.

The group is asking for an end to high capacity rifles and ammunition; criminal background checks for gun buyers; increased penalties against gun traffickers. the appointment of a Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco director; a requirement for federal agencies to report records to the NICS; and a repeal of Tihart restrictions which the coalition says restricts access to federal gun data.

"Our constituents are also outraged and looking for leadership from the White House," the letter states. "We look forward to working with you to find a solution to gun violence in our country.

Look in photo section for PDF of letter in its entirety. 

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Archie Bunker December 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Like everything else, this attempt will fail or be watered down so much, it will be ineffective Happy Cliffsmas Everyone
Bob December 21, 2012 at 08:12 PM
We have 5% of the world's population and 50% of the world's guns. And the NRA thinks we need more guns. Huh????
PW Person December 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
You gotta hand it to the NRA...for having the [expletive deleted] to come up with a solution that requires even more guns. My wife is a teacher at a local school -- and I was wondering what to put in her Christmas stocking...
PW Person December 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Oh, and thank you Mayor for taking a stance. You have my support!
Stacey Peltz December 22, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Thank you, Mayor Bob, for taking a stand. I appreciate you.
David December 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Extortion corruption and Kaiman. Perfect together
Port North Resident December 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
We need to strengthen mental health laws in this country, does anybody actually believe that any of these mass shootings were committed by sane people. I think before we look to pass more gun laws we as a society need to address why these people felt the need to go on these rampages. Passing more gun laws without addressing the underlying problems these teenagers and early 20 somethings have will solve little and just lead law abiding citizens to have to go through more red tape if they wish to purchase guns. What this country truly needs is an entire overhaul of our mental health laws, attack the guns is easy and not a real solution, attacking the problem of mental illness is tough and were our limited resources should be directed.
sadeto December 24, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Exactly which "mental health laws" are you talking about? What do you suggest, institutionalizing people with Asperger syndrome? The problem is that just about anyone can get his hands on guns and large amounts of ammunition without a background check, or any sort of evaluation. What exactly would a "mental health law" do about that?

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