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Twin Cities mayors join demand for action from Mitch McConnell

More than 200 mayors signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter are among hundreds of mayors pushing for a Senate vote on gun legislation.

Following deadly shootings last week in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio fewer than 24 hours apart, Democrats have urged Senate leadership to take up two bills already passed in the House.

One of those bills would prohibit unlicensed gun transfers by regulating secondary sales. The other would expand the background check deadline from three to 10 days.

Now mayors from across the country, including Frey and Carter, are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up these bills. A letter to McConnell dated Aug. 8 had 237 signatures from U.S. city mayors.

“Quick passage of these bills is a critical step to reducing gun violence in our country. The United States Conference of Mayors stands ready to work with Congress, the Administration and others to develop holistic remedies to the scourge of gun violence,” the letter reads.

In order to take a vote, McConnell would need to call the Senate back from their August recess. On Twitter, McConnell did not go as far as to support the two bills, instead calling for bipartisan collaboration.

President Donald Trump indicated On Twitter that discussions between House and Senate leadership were taking place, voicing his support for increased background checks. Trump did not mention the House bills.

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