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Dan Conley calls on NYC mayoral candidates to remain committed to fight against illegal guns

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley on Tuesday called on New York City’s mayoral candidates to continue supporting an advocacy group founded by outgoing mayors Thomas M. Menino and Michael Bloomberg to curb gun violence.

In a letter to the candidates, Conley, a hopeful in the Boston mayoral race, wrote that with Menino and Bloomberg poised to vacate their respective posts, there has been speculation that the group they started, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, “might lose its direction or effectiveness.’’

Conley also touted his office’s development of a special Gun Court, which he said has expedited prosecutions of firearms cases and increased the conviction rate to 90 percent, as well as his support for “cutting-edge legislation’’ focusing on illegal handguns.

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“While legislation such as this is critical, it also underscores why Mayors Against Illegal Guns must continue on,’’ Conley wrote in his letter, which his campaign released Tuesday.

“Because regardless of what individual states or municipalities might do, we too often see our efforts at common sense gun control subverted by neighboring states with less stringent gun laws, or by federal laws that weaken or undermine our efforts.’’

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is scheduled to come to Boston on Wednesday for a rally on its “No More Names’’ tour, which is designed to commemorate victims of gun violence and urge Congress to pass “new federal gun safety legislation,’’ Conley wrote. The event is set for 11 a.m. at Faneuil Hall.

Conley added that for the advocacy group to remain strong, “it will require cities like New York and Boston’’ to push to keep guns “out of the hands of dangerous criminals, out of our schools, and off our streets.’’

“In writing this letter, I do not presume that my election as Mayor is in any way certain, and I know that neither do you,’’ Conley wrote. “But the issue of gun violence is ever present.’’