Mpls. Mayor Asks Businesses to Pursue Gun Control Reform

Posted at: 01/31/2013 7:59 PM
Updated at: 02/01/2013 7:50 AM
By: Jay Kolls

Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak, has a strong message for makers of guns and ammunition who do business with the city. Mayor Rybak says he wants them to be partners in the pursuit of "common sense" gun control reform.

The city buys about a million dollars worth of guns and ammunition each year for police. The primary vendors are Remington, Federal Ammunition and Smith & Wesson. The Mayor says he wants to dig a little deeper into the backgrounds of those companies.

Mayor Rybak tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "if they want to be partners with us, we will work with them. If they want to oppose us in gun control reform, we might want to reconsider doing business with them." The Mayor added, "the citizens of Minneapolis might now want to pay for guns and ammunition from companies that are not serious about making this a safer place to live." Mayor Rybak says part of his idea is to look into how much money each company gives to the National Rifle Association.

Mayor Rybak says he has talked to the White House about his bold position and intends to continue the dialogue with President Obama when he visits Minneapolis Monday.