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Local mayors unite against illegal guns

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A bipartisan coalition of over 800 mayors from around the country and over a million grass roots supporters make up the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Recently some of those mayors, including Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle, traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers and support the president and his push for tighter gun control.

"You cant keep doing the same things over and over and expect different results," said Mayor Tweedle.

"I felt very proud to be in a room with 75 mayors and there was a lot of passion and commitment in that room that we're going to get this resolved."

The mayors have come up with a campaign that demands a plan to end gun violence.

Mayor Tweedle says they are not against people owning guns, but are asking lawmakers to consider a three point plan that would require background checks for gun purchases, implement a ban on assault weapons and make gun trafficking a federal crime.

"I represent not just Pleasantville, it's the county, it's the state, it's the nation and we're going to send a message out there. You're going to hear more and more about what we're trying to do and we're not going to stop," said Mayor Tweedle.

Mayor Nicholas Russo of Longport is also a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Though he did not make the trip to Washington, like Mayor Tweedle, Mayor Russo sees a need for action.

"It affects all of us. That's why I think it's very, very important that we say enough is enough and lets do something to try to curb this," said Mayor Russo.

Mayor Russo believes the actions of the mayors reflects the attitudes of the people in their communities.

"A mayor is symbolic of the people he represents as elected officials are symbols of all the people the represent so this is the people saying basically, we have had enough," said Mayor Russo.

Mayor Tweedle believes the coalition is headed in the right direction as more and more mayors join the cause to keep their towns safe.

"We're very proactive and very serious about what we're doing and the word and message has resonated throughout congress, throughout the country and this is just the beginning of it."

Mayor Tweedle says the members of the coalition are in- touch with each other as they continue to work towards their goals.

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