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.”

Comments (8)
  1. Elaine says:

    Mayor Menino I would suggest starting with

    Attorney General Eric Holder

    1. blackbear1 says:

      Gun laws in Massachusetts may be the strictest and most restrictive in the land. I would suggest the Mayor should concern himself with matters of managing the city. The police more than capable of handling firearms violations. The laws that are in place are good, it is the violators that are not.
      Eric Holder!! Great. With luck he may not be around much longer.

  2. alanonthego says:

    That’s it take the guns away from the law abiding citizens. The criminals don’t care about gun laws, they buy their guns on the street. Restricting guns will only give criminals the advantage.

  3. jaygee says:

    Does the Mayor really believe that all of the teenagers in Boston walking around with guns are buying the guns they have from dealers? While I agree that the nation’s gun laws are too weak, I am also aware that the #2 cause of death in this country is guns while the #1 cause is not having one to protect one self.

  4. emom says:

    WAIT toughen gun laws,,, HOW, when processing an illegal gun is far higher than a legal gun.. I bet those that have a gun illegally far out weigh those with a license. YEAH go ahead toughen the law it obviously has done nothing in the way of protecting forms from being hurt or killed. It does nothing in getting them of the street in the first place and it certainly does nothing when a victim goes out and gets one for himself to protect them and their family but has NO IDEA on how to truly handle such a weapon.
    Yeah do your best , since your best and all the others on the hill have done nothing to protect the innocent from your brand of injustice…

  5. Lori says:

    The guns they are TRYING to get off the streets were bought from the street. Do they REALLY think that toughening the gun laws will work (to prevent them from having to do their jobs of enforcing laws already in place with regards to illegal gun activity) by keeping LEGAL guns away from law abiding citizens???

  6. Lori says:

    Mumbles the Mayor is at it again!

  7. Mark says:

    As usual the politicians have it all wrong. Criminals will always be able to obtain guns. Instead of lengthening the time it takes to obtain one legally just lengthen the prison time for those that use guns in crimes. If you use a gun committing a crime automatic life sentence with no parole.

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