The Glendale Board of Aldermen, as early as May 7, will consider a proposal to allow Mayor Richard Magee to join the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Resident Barbara Cockrell, who has daughters attending Nipher Middle School and Kirkwood High School, addressed the board at its April 16 meeting.

"Parents like us have been affected by recent school shootings, and many of us have chosen to work through Moms Demand Action on local initiatives and legislation to promote gun safety in our communities," she said.

Cockrell said her family supports the rights of individuals to own guns, and that her husband serves in the U.S. Army. She said she grew up around guns and hunting, so "we do, like most Americans, support common sense gun safety laws."

Cockrell said Moms Demand Action appealed to her family because it is not anti-gun ownership. Moms Demand Action and its parent organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, advocate for evidence-based goals to keep families and communities safe, she said.

Cockrell said Moms Demand Action is working with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to promote public action in cities.

"The statement of principles we are asking Glendale to join in signing details how cities can keep illegal guns out of our communities by enforcing existing laws to their fullest extent and working with other cities in the fight against illegal gun trafficking," Cockrell said.

She said there are no costs to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Magee called "the plethora of illegal guns a terrible problem, which won't be solved until we try to do something.

"I'm in favor of this – we want to do our part," he said.