Newsom pushing feds to tighten gun laws

Mayor Gavin Newsom is among hundreds of mayors pushing the federal government to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, The Washington Post reported.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns recently sent a 51-page report titled “Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns” to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Newsom is one of roughly 450 members of the bipartisan group.

The report includes 40 recommendations to “dramatically improve law enforcement's ability to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” according to the Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the report.

Recommendations include providing ATF agents with greater discretion to conduct criminal investigations at gun shows, providing the agency with an additional $51 million to hire additional field inspectors and creating an interstate firearms trafficking unit plus an office to improve the analysis of guns used in crimes.

Newsom has argued in the past for more stringent gun regulations.

After the National Rifle Association sued San Francisco, the Newsom administration was forced in January to drop a four year-old ban that had prevented public housing tenants from keeping guns in their homes.

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