Four mayors from Georgia have signed on to a letter calling on the U.S. Senate to enhance background checks for gun sales.
The United States Conference of Mayors sent a letter to Senators Tuesday asking for their support of HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and HR 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, both of which seek to enhance the background check process when an individual seeks to purchase a firearm.
The letter comes on the heels of President Joe Biden’s recent executive actions on gun violence, which followed shootings in Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and South Carolina.
In their letter, the mayors write:
Americans are increasingly alarmed by mass shootings and by the steady increase in homicides and shootings plaguing too many neighborhoods. As mayors, it is our top priority to ensure public safety; protecting our residents from gun violence is at the very heart of this commitment. It is time for our federal partners in Congress to take long overdue action to reduce gun violence and the terrible toll it takes on our cities and in our nation.
From Georgia, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. and Mayor of South Fulton William “Bill Edwards” each signed the letter joining 148 other mayors from across the country. The letter garnered support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
You can read it in its entirety below: