Riley, 29 other mayors in ad for gun reforms

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 media campaign on gun-law reform.

“Mayors Against Illegal Guns” released the public service message Thursday to demand 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 a 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 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.