BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Tom Menino is taking his fight to toughen the nation’s gun laws straight to Washington.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.
Mayor Menino will head to the nation’s capital on Tuesday to urge a bitterly divided Congress to overhaul the background-check system on all gun purchases.
“When you buy a gun, you have to have a 48-hour delay in purchasing the gun so they can do a background check. So, we have felons buying guns. If you go to the gun show, you get a gun at a gun show right away. I want to make sure there’s a delay in purchasing the gun,” said Menino.
Joining Menino on the D.C. trip will be New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and more than 50 survivors of gun violence.
“There’s too many guns on the streets of America today. We’ve gotta put some controls on it. I understand the second amendment. I understand hunters want it. We need it for security reasons. But, there’s too many young people in America with guns today,” said Menino.
Menino and Bloomberg chair the group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”