UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Mayor David Roefaro is joining 500 mayors in an advertisement in Wednesday Washington Post, pushing for tougher gun control laws.
The mayors say right now terrorists can buy guns legally. They're referring to the 850 people on the "no fly" list who applied for guns. However, the President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Tom King, points out that none of those "no fly" applicants passed the background check and didn't receive guns.
Mayor Roefaro still believes "terror gap" legislation is common sense.
"People need to start understanding that, this is not about the legal gun holders of legal guns, this is about illegal guns," Roefaro says. "(This is) about terrorists. And this isn't about Republicans or Democrats, this is a bi-partisan effort, so you're (going to) find, Republicans and Democrats from across the aisle are coming together for this one cause."
King says the mayors are reacting to recent polls showing that 70-80% of the public believe the second amendment refers to individual rights.
"They know they're losing the public relations battle so they're trying to change the argument to something they think Americas are interested in like safety or anti-terror," King said. "They're building a smokescreen to lose themselves in the fog of battle."