Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Monday signed a letter to President Barack Obama and Congress from the U.S. Conference of Mayors urging stricter gun control laws.
The letter calls on the president to enact a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, strengthen the national background check system and close loopholes in it. It also asks for an increase in penalties for straw purchases of guns.
"We know that preventing gun violence, whether it is a mass shooting or a murder on a street corner, will take much more than strengthening our gun laws," the letter states. "We need to reverse the culture of violence in our nation so that a violent act isn't the first response to settling a difference or compensating for a wrong."
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