ALBANY, N.Y. -- Mayors from all over the state gathered Monday to support new gun control laws recently passed here in New York.
The mayors met in Albany and released a letter calling on Congress to pass laws that will keep guns out of criminal hands, keep military style weapons off the streets of New York's big cities and small towns, and crack down on gun trafficking here in the empire state.
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy says universal background checks are important.
"If anything could happen that Washington could do now in this legislative session, is put in place that universal registry, nationwide - we all would benefit from that," said McCarthy.
The New York SAFE Act was the first state gun control law enacted on the heels of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.