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Gun violence is a serious threat to public safety and it affects communities across the country. Leaders in these communities are all too familiar with the toll gun violence takes and have an essential role to play in addressing it.

In 2006, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns as an original coalition of 15 mayors. The coalition has since grown to a bipartisan group of more than 1,000 current and former mayors from the smallest towns to the biggest cities in nearly every state.

Our mayors are leaders in advocating for life-saving gun safety reforms from local programs to state and federal legislation.

Statement of Principles

Every mayor who joins the coalition is asked to sign the following statement of principles:

  • Whereas: Over 35,000 Americans are killed every year as a result of gun suicide and gun homicide – devastating families and communities across the country;
  • Whereas: Nearly 90,000 Americans are injured every year as a result of gun assaults, unintentional shootings, attempted gun suicides and shootings by law enforcement;
  • Whereas: As mayors, our problems may look different from town to town, but we are united in our duty to do everything we can to protect our residents from the threat of gun violence;

Now, therefore, we resolve to work together to advance the following principles:

Advance enforcement strategies that ensure public safety for residents in communities disproportionately affected by gun violence.

Support evidence-based, intelligence-led policing that focuses on preventing violence among those at highest risk of shooting or being shot and promote the enforcement of existing gun laws that have swift and certain consequences.

Advocate for gun safety legislation at the local, state, and federal level.

Support life-saving gun violence prevention laws like comprehensive background checks, domestic violence firearm relinquishment, and Red Flag laws; and oppose harmful laws, like Stand Your Ground, permitless carry, guns in schools, and state preemption.

Collect data to better understand gun violence in our communities.

Analyze trends in gun suicides, homicides, and non-fatal injuries over time, and map gun violence incidents to identify the communities, neighborhoods, and individuals most impacted.

Advance policies and practices that reduce firearm suicides.

Raise public awareness and advance education about the risks of firearm access; encourage the responsible storage of firearms to prevent access by children; and create mechanisms to temporarily remove firearms from households with individuals in crisis.

Invest in victim services and neighborhood-level violence intervention programs.

Help disrupt cycles of violence by investing in comprehensive services for victims and in gun violence intervention and prevention programs, understanding that gun homicides and assaults tend to be concentrated in low-income neighborhoods and are often retaliatory in nature.

Implement comprehensive tracing of crime guns.

Encourage police to trace all suspected crime guns to identify the sources of firearms, to develop leads, and to identify potential traffickers. Target illegal supply, including holding accountable irresponsible gun dealers who knowingly sell to straw purchasers and the criminals who traffic in illegal guns.

Implement strategies to minimize shootings by police.

Introduce and invest in de-escalation and procedural justice training, public reporting of police use of force, and other tactics designed to minimize police shootings.

Use the courts to advance gun safety.

Challenge dangerous gun lobby-sponsored laws that limit the ability of cities to advance gun violence prevention in their communities and fight in court to defend local gun safety ordinances against preemption and Second Amendment challenges.

Use purchasing power to improve gun safety.

Encourage businesses to implement gun sense policies, including by using municipal purchasing, investing, and bond-issuing power to incentivize businesses large and small to adopt reforms that keep their customers – and your city – safer.

Join Us

If you are a mayor or work in local government and are interested in getting your city involved, please reach out to us and join us by submitting our Statement of Principles.

Coalition Members

  • Alabama

    • Birmingham
    • Lisman
  • Arkansas

    • Little Rock
    • West Memphis
  • Arizona

    • Flagstaff
    • Tempe
    • Tucson
  • California

    • Alameda
    • American Canyon
    • Bell
    • Benicia
    • Berkeley
    • Burlingame
    • Calistoga
    • Chula Vista
    • Coachella
    • Compton
    • Dublin
    • East Palo Alto
    • El Cerrito
    • El Monte
    • Elk Grove
    • Emeryville
    • Encinitas
    • Foster City
    • Fremont
    • Gonzales
    • Hayward
    • Inglewood
    • Livermore
    • Long Beach
    • Los Angeles
    • Martinez
    • Moreno Valley
    • Mountain View
    • Napa
    • National City
    • Newark
    • Novato
    • Oakland
    • Piedmont
    • Perris
    • Pleasanton
    • Rialto
    • Richmond
    • Riverbank
    • Sacramento
    • Salinas
    • San Francisco
    • San Jose
    • San Leandro
    • San Luis Obispo
    • San Rafael
    • Santa Ana
    • Santa Cruz
    • Santa Monica
    • Sebastopol
    • Sierra Madre
    • St. Helena
    • Stockton
    • Torrance
    • Union City
    • West Hollywood
    • West Sacramento
    • Yountville
  • Colorado

    • Denver
    • Northglenn
    • Superior
  • Connecticut

    • Bethel
    • Bridgeport
    • East Hartford
    • Hamden
    • Hartford
    • Mansfield
    • Middletown
    • New Haven
    • North Haven
    • Norwalk
    • Ridgefield
    • Stamford
    • Westport
  • District of Columbia

    Washington DC

  • Delaware

    • Dewey Beach
    • Middletown
  • Florida

    • Atlantic Beach
    • Bay Harbor Islands
    • Broward County
    • Coconut Creek
    • Cooper City
    • Coral Springs
    • Daytona Beach
    • Fort Lauderdale
    • Gainesville
    • Golden Beach
    • Gulfport
    • Hallandale Beach
    • Maitland
    • Miami Beach
    • Miami Gardens
    • Miami-Dade County
    • North Bay Village
    • North Miami
    • Orlando
    • Palm Bay
    • Parkland
    • Pembroke Pines
    • Port St. Lucie
    • St. Petersburg
    • Sunrise
    • Surfside
    • Tallahassee
    • Tampa
    • West Park
    • Weston
  • Georgia

    • Athens-Clarke County
    • Atlanta
    • Augusta
    • Macon
    • Savannah
    • Stone Mountain
  • Hawaii

    • Honolulu
    • Maui
  • Iowa

    • Des Moines
    • Dubuque
    • Fairfield
    • Waterloo
  • Illinois

    • Champaign
    • Chicago
    • Deerfield
    • Dolton
    • Elgin
    • Evanston
    • Hampshire
    • Hanover Park
    • Hickory Hills
    • Highland Park
    • Hillside
    • La Grange Park
    • Lynwood
    • Melrose Park
    • Normal
    • North Chicago
    • Oak Lawn
    • Oak Park
    • Orland Hills
    • Palos Heights
    • Palos Hills
    • Rockford
    • Richton Park
    • Skokie
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • South Holland
    • Stone Park
    • University Park
    • Villa Park
    • Waukegan
  • Indiana

    • Angola
    • Bloomington
    • Fort Wayne
    • Hammond
    • Indianapolis
    • Oakland City
    • West Lafayette
  • Kansas

    Topeka

  • Kentucky

    Louisville

  • Louisiana

    • Baton Rouge
    • Monroe
    • New Orleans
    • Shreveport
    • Ville Platte
  • Massachusetts

    • Amherst
    • Beverly
    • Boston
    • Brockton
    • Easthampton
    • Everett
    • Fall River
    • Framingham
    • Holyoke
    • Lawrence
    • Malden
    • Melrose
    • New Bedford
    • Newburyport
    • Newton
    • North Adams
    • Northampton
    • Peabody
    • Pittsfield
    • Salem
    • Somerville
    • Springfield
    • Woburn
    • Worcester
  • Maryland

    • Annapolis
    • Baltimore
    • Cambridge
    • College Park
    • Easton
    • Frederick
    • Glendale
    • Highland Beach
    • Hyattsville
    • Laurel
    • Rockville
    • Somerset
    • Takoma Park
  • Maine

    Portland

  • Michigan

    • Ann Arbor
    • Benton Harbor
    • Douglas
    • Grand Rapids
    • Hamtramck
    • Jackson
    • Kalamazoo
    • Lansing
    • Oak Park
    • Pontiac
    • Redford Township
    • Traverse City
    • Westland
  • Minnesota

    • Carlton
    • Comfrey
    • Duluth
    • Eagan
    • Eden Prairie
    • Edina
    • Glyndon
    • Hancock
    • Independence
    • Maplewood
    • Minneapolis
    • New London
    • New Prague
    • North Branch
    • Northfield
    • Olivia
    • Rochester
    • Royalton
    • Shoreview
    • St. Louis Park
    • St. Paul
    • Stillwater
    • Verndale
  • Missouri

    • Bellefontaine Neighbors
    • Berkeley
    • Bridgeton
    • Columbia
    • Cottleville
    • Crestwood
    • Creve Coeur
    • Des Peres
    • Gladstone
    • Houston Lake
    • Independence
    • Kansas City
    • Kirkwood
    • Lee’s Summit
    • Maplewood
    • Maryland Heights
    • O’Fallon
    • Olivette
    • Richmond Heights
    • Rock Hill
    • St. Charles
    • St. Joseph
    • St. Louis
    • Sunset Hills
    • University City
    • Weatherby Lake
    • Webster Groves
  • Mississippi

    • Biloxi
    • Jackson
    • Macon
    • Meridian
    • Shuqualak
  • Montana

    • Belgrade
    • Missoula
  • North Carolina

    • Asheville
    • Burlington
    • Carrboro
    • Chapel Hill
    • Durham
    • East Spencer
    • Greensboro
    • Hendersonville
    • Hillsborough
    • Marion
    • Morrisville
    • Oxford
    • Ronda
    • Sanford
    • Spring Lake
    • Winston-Salem
  • Nebraska

    Lincoln

  • New Hampshire

    Nashua

  • New Jersey

    • Aberdeen
    • Asbury Park
    • Audubon
    • Berlin Township
    • Bloomfield
    • Bridgeton
    • Brielle
    • Brooklawn
    • Camden
    • Chatham
    • Chesilhurst
    • Clementon Borough
    • Clinton
    • Collingswood
    • Cranford
    • Delran
    • Elizabeth
    • Emerson
    • Fair Haven
    • Fanwood
    • Fort Lee
    • Freehold Township
    • Garwood
    • Glen Ridge
    • Gloucester City
    • Gloucester Township
    • Hackettstown
    • Haddonfield
    • Haledon
    • Harrison
    • Highland Park
    • Hillside
    • Hopewell Borough
    • Hopewell Township
    • Jersey City
    • Kenilworth
    • Lawnside
    • Leonia
    • Linden
    • Lindenwold
    • Little Ferry
    • Logan Township
    • Longport
    • Madison
    • Magnolia
    • Mahwah
    • Maplewood
    • Marlboro
    • Matawan
    • Merchantville
    • Millstone
    • Monmouth Beach
    • Montclair
    • Moonachie
    • Morris Township
    • Morristown
    • Mount Ephraim
    • New Brunswick
    • New Hanover Township
    • New Providence
    • Newark
    • North Brunswick
    • North Caldwell
    • North Haledon
    • North Plainfield
    • Oakland
    • Ocean Gate
    • Old Bridge
    • Oradell
    • Orange
    • Parsippany-Troy Hills
    • Paterson
    • Perth Amboy
    • Plainfield
    • Pleasantville
    • Princeton
    • Rahway
    • Ramsey
    • Red Bank
    • Ridgefield
    • Ridgewood
    • Robbinsville
    • Roselle
    • Roselle Park
    • Runnemede
    • Rutherford
    • Secaucus
    • Shrewsbury Township
    • Somerdale
    • Somerville
    • South Orange
    • Springfield
    • Summit
    • Teaneck
    • Trenton
    • Union City
    • Upper Saddle River
    • Voorhees
    • Waldwick
    • Weehawken Township
    • West Orange
    • Westfield
    • Winfield Park
    • Winslow Township
    • Woodbridge Township
    • Woodland Park
  • New Mexico

    • Albuquerque
    • Angel Fire
    • Anthony
    • Las Cruces
    • Santa Fe
    • Taos
    • Tijeras
  • Nevada

    • Las Vegas
    • Reno
  • New York

    • Albany
    • Binghamton
    • Brewster
    • Buffalo
    • Carthage
    • Coxsackie
    • East Hampton
    • Ellenville
    • Fabius
    • Fayetteville
    • Great Neck Plaza
    • Harrison
    • Hastings on Hudson
    • Haverstraw
    • Hilton
    • Irvington
    • Ithaca
    • Kensington
    • Lake George
    • Lake Success
    • Lawrence
    • Lima
    • Mamaroneck
    • Maybrook
    • Mexico
    • Montebello
    • Mount Vernon
    • New Rochelle
    • New York
    • North Hills
    • Patchogue
    • Peekskill
    • Piermont
    • Pleasantville
    • Port Jervis
    • Port Washington North
    • Rensselaer
    • Richmondville
    • Rochester
    • Roslyn
    • Sandy Creek
    • Schenectady
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • South Floral Park
    • Spring Valley
    • Syracuse
    • Tarrytown
    • Tully
    • Waterloo
    • White Plains
    • Yonkers
  • Ohio

    • Addyston
    • Amberley Village
    • Akron
    • Bay Village
    • Beachwood
    • Bedford Heights
    • Bexley
    • Broadview Heights
    • Carroll
    • Cincinnati
    • Cleveland
    • Columbus
    • Dayton
    • Forest Park
    • Frazeysburg
    • Grandview Heights
    • Groveport
    • Harveysburg
    • Hiram
    • Holloway
    • Kent
    • Lakeline
    • Louisville
    • Mineral City
    • Mount Gilead
    • Mount Healthy
    • Nellie
    • North Perry
    • Oak Harbor
    • Orange
    • Parma
    • Pepper Pike
    • Piketon
    • Plymouth
    • Portsmouth
    • Shawnee Hills
    • Silverton
    • South Euclid
    • Springfield
    • Toledo
    • Trotwood
    • University Heights
    • Verona
    • Warren
    • Warrensville Heights
    • Whitehall
    • Woodlawn
  • Oklahoma

    Norman

  • Oregon

    • Ashland
    • Corvallis
    • Forest Grove
    • Mosier
    • Portland
    • Prineville
    • Veneta
  • Pennsylvania

    • Aliquippa
    • Ambler
    • Applewold
    • Auburn
    • Avondale
    • Bell Acres
    • Bellvue
    • Bentleyville
    • Bethlehem
    • Big Beaver
    • Birdsboro
    • Blawnox
    • Boyertown
    • Braddock
    • Canonsburg
    • Carbondale
    • Carlisle
    • Castle Shannon
    • Catasauqua
    • Chalfant
    • Cherry Valley
    • Chester
    • Clairton
    • Clearfield
    • Collingdale
    • Conway
    • Courtdale
    • Cressona
    • Dallas
    • Darby
    • Dormont
    • Downingtown
    • Doylestown
    • East Brady
    • East Pittsburgh
    • Easton
    • Ehrenfeld
    • Ellport
    • Ellwood City
    • Factoryville
    • Felton
    • Folcroft
    • Freeport
    • Harrisburg
    • Hawley
    • Hawthorn
    • Heidelberg
    • Homestead
    • Indiana
    • Lancaster
    • Lansdowne
    • Leetsdale
    • Lincoln
    • Loganton
    • Lyons
    • Malvern
    • Martinsburg
    • Mayfield
    • McDonald
    • McKean
    • Meadville
    • Media
    • Millbourne
    • Milton
    • Monaca
    • Monessen
    • Moosic
    • New Philadelphia
    • Newell
    • Newport
    • Northampton
    • Oil City
    • Palmyra
    • Penndel
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh
    • Pottsville
    • Ridgway
    • Saltsburg
    • Sellersville
    • Sharon Hill
    • Sharpsburg
    • Souderton
    • South Coatesville
    • St. Lawrence
    • Stockertown
    • Stoystown
    • Strattanville
    • Sugar Notch
    • Summerhill
    • Summit Hill
    • Sutersville
    • Swarthmore
    • Telford
    • Trafford
    • Trainer
    • Troy
    • Tullytown
    • Tunnelhill
    • Turtle Creek
    • Verona
    • Wampum
    • Waynesboro
    • Wellsboro
    • West Homestead
    • West Leechburg
    • West Mayfield
    • West View
    • Whitehall Borough
    • Windsor
    • Yeadon
    • Yoe
    • York
    • York Springs
    • Zelienople
  • Puerto Rico

    • Cabo Rojo
    • Camuy
    • Cayey
    • Naranjito
    • Orocovis
    • Sabana Grande
    • San Germán
    • San Sebastián
  • Rhode Island

    • Central Falls
    • North Providence
    • Pawtucket
    • Providence
  • South Carolina

    • Arcadia Lakes
    • Charleston
    • Columbia
    • Timmonsville
  • Tennessee

    • Knoxville
    • Maryville
    • Memphis
    • Oak Hill
    • Shelby County
  • Texas

    • Austin
    • Burleson
    • Houston
    • Kennedale
    • San Antonio
  • Virginia

    • Newport News
    • Petersburg
    • Roanoke
    • Richmond

     

  • Vermont

    Burlington

  • Washington

    • Federal Way
    • Kirkland
    • Liberty Lake
    • Mukilteo
    • Oakesdale
    • Seattle
    • Snoqualmie
    • Tacoma
    • Twisp
  • Wisconsin

    • Algoma
    • Madison
    • Milwaukee
    • St. Francis
    • Sun Prairie