Officials announced the formation of a new network aimed at putting a stop to gun violence Monday.
Council members say the network will give local legislators across the country a forum to share their best policy ideas.
Members say they hope the initiative will unite local officials and bring about a nationwide reduction in gun violence.
"The National Network to Combat Gun Violence is extremely important, I believe, because I think the people that respond usually first, if any person responds from the government, is on a local level," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams.
"Whatever's working in Yonkers can work in Washington. Whatever's working in Philly can work in New York City. Whatever is working in Dallas can work in Los Angeles. We need to make sure, though, that we're having the conversations, so that we know what best practices are working and how to implement them in our own communities," said Yonkers City Councilman Christopher Johnson.
Local officials from 20 cities have already signed on to participate.