Park City mayor thanked for joining group against illegal guns |

Park City mayor thanked for joining group against illegal guns

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Mayor Dana Williams said recently he has received phone calls and letters about the decision to align himself with a nationwide group dedicated to combating illegal guns.

Williams, speaking during a Park City Council, meeting did not provide many details about the input. He is a member of a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which is led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

He did not provide a precise count of the number of letters and phone calls he has received. Williams joined the group in late 2012 after consulting the City Councilors. Williams said three or four of the phone calls were from people thanking Park City for joining the group. He said a letter he received from someone in Kansas was strange. He did not discuss the letter from the person in Kansas.

The City Councilors did not discuss the topic.

Williams on Tuesday morning remained the only mayor from Utah to be listed as being a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The group claimed more than 800 members at the end of the workweek. The mayor of Telluride, Colo., was the only other one from a mountain resort community in the West listed as a being a member.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is lobbying for stricter regulation of guns that have been outlawed. The group wants people punished if they have, use or traffic guns that are illegal. It also wants weapons meant for military use and ammunition magazines with high capacities to be kept from the streets.

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The group’s platform addresses other topics like opposition to federal moves that would restrict cities as they work against illegal guns.

Williams, meanwhile, was one of the mayors in the group who in December signed a letter to President Obama saying people were "outraged" with the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.