In response to the Newtown, Connecticut shootngs, several Vermont mayors are joining a national effort to cut down on gun violence.
The group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns proposes to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, require every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check and to make gun trafficking a federal crime.
With over 18,000 guns being sold daily without permits, the Vermont Mayors agree that background checks are an important step to reducing gun violence.
"I feel a deep responsibility to join the loud call for action now to protect our children and communities from illegal guns," said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.
"Background checks are the only systematic way to stop felons, domestic abusers, the seriously mentally ill and other dangerous people from buying firearms," said Montpelier Mayor John Hollar.
"Like Mayor Louras, I do not favor a ban on military-style assault weapons or high capacity magazines at this time," said Barre Mayor Tom Lauzon.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns will also be running a new television ad starting Monday in Vermont to encourage Vermonters to support their actions.
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