Mayor Riley in new gun legislation ad

This screen capture from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website shows Charleston Mayor Joe Riley in a video ad featuring about 30 mayors from around the nation urging Congress to pass more stringent gun control legislation.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is one of 30 mayors from around the country appearing in a new media campaign on gun law reform.

“Mayors Against Illegal Guns” has released a public service message demanding that Congress take action to prevent gun violence. The ad can be viewed at

The ad is running on the Web only for now. Riley filmed his segment during his visit to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., in January, the group said.

The message is a push by supporters that Congress pass legislation requiring background checks for all sales, limit military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and make gun-trafficking a federal crime.

The group includes more than 900 mayors from 45 states and more than 1.4 million grassroots supporters, it said.