Gun manufacturers that oppose gun safety regulations could start losing some pretty big customers: police departments run by Democratic mayors.
The National Conference of Democratic Mayors has launched a new initiative to grade gun manufacturers based on how supportive they are of "public safety goals." Then they will use those ratings to inform their choice of where to buy guns and ammunition for local police departments, Politico reports.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who heads the Democratic mayors group, said they came up with the idea after realizing that cities are major customers of companies that are working against their agendas. Gun control has been a major topic at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting this week in Washington.
"We're going to do everything we can as mayors to use the collective buying power of many millions of dollars in guns and ammunition, to support those who will support common-sense laws and oppose those who are fighting us in Congress," Rybak told Politico. "I am not going to have the people, the taxpayers of Minneapolis, pay for people to stop the Congress from passing laws that keep our people safe."