Mayor Riley joins mayors on PSA for gun action

Screen Grab of the PSA

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Mayor Joe Riley is 1 of 30 mayors from around the nation appearing in a new ad calling on Congress to take action to prevent gun violence.

The new ad was released Thursday.

About 900 mayors from 45 states are part of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns asking that Congress act immediately. The group wants Congress to pass legislation to require background checks for all gun sales. The group also is calling for limits on military style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The mayors also want Congress to make gun trafficking a federal crime.

"Our gun murder rate is 20 times that of other developed countries. Commonsense laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals will save lives," said Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. {}"Now is the time for Congress to pass widely supported public safety measures to reduce the toll of gun violence in America - and right here in South Carolina."

To view the PSA, click here.

The only other South Carolina mayors taking part in the coalition are Joseph T. McElveen Jr. of Sumter and Mayor Darrick Jackson of Timmonsville. States not taking part in the campaign are Alaska, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.