The director of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group said on Wednesday that the organization was “ready to compromise” on firearms legislation in Congress in hopes of making progress on the issue this summer.
“We remain ready to compromise,” Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said during a conference call with reporters, “as long as that compromise is one that saves lives and doesn’t weaken the current system and kind of meets the moment when the public is really focused on this issue and ready to make generational progress. If we can do that before the August recess that would be a good thing for the country.”
A measure that was championed by the group failed to gain traction earlier this year in the Senate. It would have required background checks on purchases of firearms at gun shows and through the internet.
Though Glaze said he hopes to see the Senate pass a similar background check bill “before summer ends,” he vowed the group will be “back in September ready to continue the fight” if it does not.