Hales: 'Gun violence is not acceptable. We need action now'

Hales: 'Gun violence is not acceptable. We need action now'

Watch Mayor Hales' press conference on gun control efforts now on KATU TV and on KATU.com.


PORTLAND, Ore. – Mayor Charlie Hales joined hundreds of other mayors who are calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to act now against illegal gun use.

“We have to get angry. And we have to stay angry,” said Hales in a news release Sunday. “Gun violence is not acceptable. We need action now.”

Hales called a press conference at City Hall on Monday morning to address gun violence. Monday is the one-month anniversary of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is calling on congress to require criminal background checks for all gun sales, ban military-style assault weapons and make gun trafficking a federal crime. Notable mayors in the group include Eugene, Ore. Mayor Kitty Piercy and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

At his public swearing-in, Hales said he planned to address “the access to high-powered firearms and big magazines, which we've seen tragically go against the better interest of the people in this country.”

Then on Thursday, Hales posted on Facebook: “Big announcement coming Monday regarding gun violence throughout the nation. Stay tuned.”

Monday’s news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Mayor’s Office.