NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for federal gun control reforms.
Bloomberg outlined his proposals Monday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at a summit on reducing gun violence.
“This is not a Constitutional question. It’s a question of political courage. The Supreme Court, the one that defines what the Constitution means and says, has ruled that reasonable regulations are consistent with the Second Amendment,” Bloomberg told reporters including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.
The two-day summit began one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
“Thirty days have passed since 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School – and still, no action has been taken by Washington to end our country’s gun violence epidemic,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
Bloomberg is urging President Barack Obama and Congress to increase background check requirements for firearms purchases.
He also says the federal government needs to get tougher on gun trafficking.
“Congress should make gun trafficking a federal crime,” Bloomberg said. “In New York City, 85 percent of the weapons that we recover from crime scenes come from out-of-state sources, but federal laws designed to curb illegal sales across borders are incredibly weak.”