The National Rifle Association claims they do not support background checks on all gun sales.
It is a stance that has city officials across the country speaking out in support of the checks.
"It's the proper thing to do to get the background checks," said Bill Falkner, mayor of St. Joseph.
It's a national movement by Mayors Against Illegal Guns that even saw an ad air during the Super Bowl that called out the gun lobbyist group's position.
During the ad, Mayors Against Illegal Guns replayed a clip of the NRA president during a time he supported background checks.
"We think it's reasonable to provide mandatory, instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere. For anyone," said Wayne LaPierre, president of the NRA during a senate hearing in 1999.
A different stance a week ago after LaPierre spoke about the concern that background checks could be another form of "Big Brother."
"I think what they'll do is they'll turn this universal check on the law-abiding into a universal registry of law-abiding people," said LaPierre.
It is something that Bill Falkner and mayors like him across the country are hoping to implant.
With background checks, it can potentially keep weapons out of people who should not be using them.
"I think the real issue is mental health and when you cut funding to mental health, these things just multiply," said Falkner.
The St. Joseph mayor said it would also allow law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights.
"I think everybody should have the right to bear arms that was given to us in the Constitution," said Falkner. "But as far as assault rifles, I think if the background check checks out, I don't have a problem with it."