Gun control 2013: Mayors demand stronger gun laws

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns joined gun control advocates at a rally in downtown West Palm Beach Thursday.

They are urging Congress to pass stronger firearms laws.

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio was joined by Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters, U.S. Representative Lois Frankel and Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

They joined with residents at the historic courthouse in West Palm Beach to urge federal lawmakers to pass legislation on universal background checks, a limit on ammunition and an assault weapons ban.

Mayor Muoio has said she and others want to see comprehensive background check when it comes to people buying guns. She said she has no problems with those who buy firearms legally. The focus of the rally is on irresponsible gun dealers.

"The issue of background checks seems to be one everyone agrees on even gun owners that they do background checks and there should not be loopholes," said Mayor Muoio.

Pro-gun advocates were also on hand. They voiced concern that stronger gun laws would infringe on their Second Amendment rights.  Opponents of background checks have said criminal can easily sidestep the system and could spark the creation of a government file on gun owners.


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