Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has added her name to an effort calling for gun manufacturers to take greater responsibility for gun safety.
Warren is backing a ‘request for information’ being sent to seven major gun manufacturers seeking information on how they make and distribute guns.
A statement from City Hall says the effort involves public officials and law enforcement leaders from 81 other municipalities across the U.S.
The national effort is being coordinated by the “Do Not Stand Idly By” campaign, led by religious leaders associated with a faith and citizens organizing network called “Metro Industrial Areas Foundation.”
Warren says that in light of a rash of gun violence in Rochester over the summer, she felt compelled to add Rochester to a list of cities that are changing the way they relate to the gun industry.
She said, “Our police departments, our state police and our military all buy guns for one reason only, and that is to protect public safety. We want to make sure that the companies we buy guns from are also committed to public safety, and that they’re doing everything they can to reduce the number of people killed and injured by their products.”