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E-mails from 84060 and 84098 support stand against illegal guns

by Jay Hamburger The Park Record

Park City leaders said last week they recently received a series of e-mail correspondences in support of City Hall aligning itself with a nationwide group of mayors that is combating the illegal gun trade.

The e-mails are believed to be some of the first public input received by Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council in the little more than two weeks since the elected officials agreed to consider formally supporting a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Williams mentioned the correspondences during a City Council meeting. He did not release them. They apparently were sent via e-mail to each of the six elected officials.

In an interview, the mayor said each of the elected officials received approximately six of the e-mails. He said they were form e-mails with similar or the same contents.

"All in support, I haven’t had one anti e-mailed to me," Williams said.

He said each is a few sentences long. All of the e-mails were sent by people who live in the local 84060 or 84098 ZIP codes.

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The correspondences were submitted as the City Council prepares to hold a formal discussion about Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Williams and the City Council during a February meeting briefly talked about the group and agreed to address the topic again later.

The idea of aligning City Hall with the group is tentatively scheduled to be broached at a City Council meeting on March 22. Staffers will likely issue a report before the meeting with further details about Mayors Against Illegal Guns and what sort of role Park City could have in the group.

"I am looking forward to our staff report and discussion," City Councilwoman Liza Simpson said in an interview.

Simpson said she has received six correspondences, all in support of Park City’s involvement with Mayors Against Illegal Guns. They arrived in the last week and were sent to her City Hall address.

Simpson said she supports the overarching ideals of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

"I cannot imagine an elected official who wouldn’t be in support in opposing something illegal," she said.

Simpson acknowledged that people could become upset with City Hall’s involvement if they see the group as one that is attempting to roll back constitutional gun rights. She said that is not the case.

The office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contacted Williams about joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The group involves more than 600 mayors from cities of various sizes. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns website this week did not list any cities from Utah as being involved.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns wants to curb illicit firearms through a series of measures like developing technologies that will assist in detecting and tracing illegal guns as well as holding gun dealers accountable for selling to someone who is buying a firearm for someone who is not allowed to purchase one for themselves.

More information about Mayors Against Illegal Guns is available on the group’s website, http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org .