Mayors from across the state are calling on Congress to take action to reduce gun-related violence.
More than a dozen mayors from Massachusetts cities met with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday to renew their push for tighter gun laws.
Menino said one of his top goals is to require background checks for every gun sale in America.
He criticized the vice president of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, for his proposal following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
"When you think about what happened, and LaPierre comes out and says we need more guns in schools, that's crazy," Menino said.
Menino also called on the state's newest Senate member to join the state's congressional delegation in fighting for changes to federal gun laws.
On Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick appointed his former chief of staff, William "Mo" Cowan, to the seat that will be left vacant when John Kerry leaves office Friday to become the nation's next secretary of state.
Menino also recently met with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to call for tougher gun laws.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
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