Mayors from Dayton and Parkland among bipartisan group pushing White House for background check bill

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The mayors from Dayton, Ohio, and Parkland, Fla., are among the bipartisan group heading to Washington Monday to push the White House to support universal background checks on gun purchases.

Axios reports Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) and Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky (D) are two of the roughly 10 mayors planning to call on President Trump to take action on gun control following the recent spate of mass shootings.

The mayors’ meeting with White House officials comes the same day Congress returns to Washington, bringing with it a renewed focus on gun legislation.

{mosads}Rochester Hills, Mich., Mayor Bryan Barnett (R), who also serves as president of the United States Conference of Mayors, told Axios that it is no longer a shock when one hears that a mass shooting occurred “because it’s happening with such regularity.”

“I think we are seeing a tipping point,” Barnett said. “I’ve seen a change here. While they’re not looking to go as far as some folks on the left want to go, they understand something needs to be done. The status quo really isn’t acceptable.”

Lawmakers have increased calls for bipartisan legislation to address gun violence following back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton last month.

The House in February passed a bill that would require background checks on nearly all gun purchases, but it has gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled his openness to take up gun control legislation if Trump were behind it.

The Conference of Mayors sent a letter in August addressed to McConnell, signed by hundreds of mayors, urging him to pass gun safety legislation.

Following the meeting with White House officials Monday, the group of mayors traveling to Washington will hold a news conference again calling on the Senate to vote on background check legislation.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

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