Robyn Thomas, executive director of the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, thinks Bloomberg’s efforts will make a difference.
‘‘I do think he’s ready to put a lot into this in a way that will get attention, finally,’’ she said.
But Bob Levy, the chairman of the board of the libertarian Cato Institute, said key pieces of Bloomberg’s agenda — the background check and assault weapons ban proposals — could face a difficult legal road. Levy pointed to a federal appeals court decision last week that struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois, saying the state hadn’t done enough to show the law was justified by an increase in public safety.
Chris Foye, for one, gives Bloomberg credit for seizing the moment to speak up about guns.
‘‘Every little bit helps,’’ said Foye, whose 13-year-old son, Chris Owens, was killed by a stray bullet in Harlem in 2009. ‘‘For us to sit back and ignore it, that would be the worst tragedy ever.’’
Associated Press writers Eileen AJ Connelly in New York and Michael Virtanen in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report.
Follow Jennifer Peltz at http://twitter.com/jennpeltz