July 31, 2013 - 50 Mayors throughout the country have left Bloomberg's anti-gun coalition and political action committee known as "Mayors Against Illegal Guns."
Recently, US News reported that Independent Mayor Lawrence Morrissey of Rockford, IL and Republican Mayor Donnalee Lozeau of Nashua, NH both said the group's name is misleading.
"I've dropped out of a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns," Rockford Mayor Morrissey said. "The reason why I joined the group in the first place is because I took the name for what it said – against 'illegal' guns."
Morrissey stated that he joined MAIG because "I thought it was about enforcement of existing gun laws" against illegal weapons. "As the original mission swayed, that's when I decided that it was no longer in line with my beliefs."
Lisle Mayor Joe Broda is still a member of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The members list on the MAIG website not only lists Lisle Mayor Joe Broda, but provides a link to the Village of Lisle website. Broda has not publicly stated why he joined MAIG or why he remains a member. There was no discussion or action at any Village Board meeting regarding joining MAIG.
Broda did state at the July 15, 2013 Lisle Village Board meeting that the Village would not be able to restrict or ban weapons because the population of Lisle is less than 25,000. Fewer than 20 of the State's 1300 municipalities passed ordinances to restrict or ban assault weapons during the 10 day period set by the state's new concealed carry gun legislation.
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Other Illinois Mayors Leaving MAIG (since Feb 2013):
Addison Mayor Larry Hartwig left, new Addison Mayor Richard Veenstra has not joined.
Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder left, new Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes has not joined.
East Hazel Crest Mayor Thomas Brown left quietly.
Elburn Village President David Anderson moved from member to honorary member.
Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton left quietly.
Glenwood Mayor Kerry Durkin left quietly.
Maywood Mayor Henderson Yarbrough Sr left and new Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins has not joined.
Original Blog Post
Lisle Mayor Broda Joins Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Coalition
February 28, 2013 - Lisle Mayor Joe Broda is one of a handful of Illinois mayors to join the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" coalition. Less than ten percent of Illinois mayors have joined this anti-gun coalition. Mayors are required to sign a Statement of Principals when joining the Coalition which is a polical action committee.
The coalition was established by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
There is no record of the Village Board voting to take a position on joining or making a contribution to this politcal action coalition.
There no record of the Village voting to take a position on the following federal legislation supported by the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" political action coalition:
- The Fix Gun Checks Act would repair our nation’s broken gun background check system by taking two simple steps. First, the bill would provide stronger incentives for state and federal agencies to get all the necessary records about individuals who are barred from owning handguns into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Second, the bill would require a background check on every gun sale. Mayors Against Illegal Guns also launched a nationwide campaign in support of the bill.
- National Concealed Carry Reciprocity interferes with the rights of states to control their own public safety laws. Mayors Against Illegal Guns does not take a position on the general issue of concealed carry, but believes each state should have the right to use its own judgment to decide who can carry a loaded, concealed gun. In 2009, the coalition helped defeat a national concealed carry reciprocity bill known as the Thune Amendment. In 2011, Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched the “Our Lives, Our Laws” campaign to defeat similar legislation.
- Terror Gap - More than a decade after 9/11, the federal government can stop suspects on terror watch lists from getting on airplanes, but it can't stop them from buying firearms. Legislation endorsed by both the Bush and Obama Administrations that would close the terror gap has been pending in Congress since 2007. Congress should make it law this year.
- The Boren Amendment is an appropriations “policy rider” that would prevent law enforcement from enforcing a program the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) proposed to detect and fight illegal gun trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico. In April 2011, the coalition successfully worked to keep the Boren Amendment out of the federal budget. The Amendment would have cut off funding for enforcing the proposed ATF long gun reporting rule.
- The Tiahrt Amendments are provisions attached to federal spending bills that make it harder for law enforcement officers to aggressively pursue criminals who buy and sell illegal guns. The amendments restrict cities, states and even the police from fully accessing and using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) gun trace data, require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to destroy certain background check records within 24 hours, and block ATF from requiring gun dealers to conduct inventory checks to detect loss and theft.
- Gun Show Loophole. Currently, licensed gun dealers are required to run criminal background checks on all buyers, but a loophole in the law enables criminals to avoid these checks if they buy from gun-sellers who don't have licenses. Often operating at gun shows, these unlicensed sellers give criminals the opportunity to sidestep the background check system and easily purchase guns. Congress should close the gun show loophole.
Should there be an open, public discussion and vote when a Village Mayor takes a position on federal legislation and joins a political action committee?
Should the Village be contributing tax funds to lobby on issues that have not been publicly vetted and voted on?
Why haven't the mayors of Naperville, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove joined this anti-gun political action committee?