IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2001

Mayors Praise President Bush, Congressional Leaders for Proposing Gun Safety Initiatives
Statement by Conference Executive Director J. Thomas Cochran

Washington, DC -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors today praises President George W. Bush and Congressional leaders for coming forward with important proposals to help reduce gun violence, which has been a priority of the nation's mayors for over 30 years.

The Conference of Mayors commends President Bush for his "Project Safe Neighborhoods" initiative as announced in Philadelphia with Mayor John Street yesterday, and will continue to work with the President as this initiative moves forward.

The nation's mayors also commend Senators John McCain of Arizona, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and their fellow co-sponsors for today introducing bi-partisan legislation to close the gun show loophole, which currently allows unlicensed dealers to sell weapons without performing background checks.

Mayors and police chiefs worked in close partnership with the Clinton Administration and Congress in enacting significant crime and gun safety legislation in 1994, and in the weeks ahead we look forward to working closely with the Bush Administration and Congress on important initiatives designed to make our cities safer and help keep guns away from criminals and kids.

CONTACT: Jubi Headley, Conference of Mayors, (202) 861-6766
Ed Somers, Conference of Mayors, (202) 861-6706

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

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