Linton Mayor John Wilkes was one of six Indiana mayors to express interest in the national group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Wilkes said while he is not against the use of guns, he does believe there should be regulations put forth.
"I am not against guns. I own guns. ... I'm not a radical. I've given rifles and shotguns to my grandsons and I like to shoot. ... I've got a Lifetime Personal Protection Permit in my pocket right now," Wilkes explained.
The mayor was contacted by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and a phone conversation allowed him to express his own opinions on the matter.
Wilkes said his concerns are in line with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's initiative in the group's effort to regulate.
"What I am against is assault weapons with the large clips. I am for doing background checks on anyone that purchases a gun," Wilkes said.
The background checks, he hopes, could deter the purchase of high-powered guns by those with a criminal history or a mental illness.
Wilkes said as mayor of Linton, he fears for the safety of his officers and emergency personnel as they respond to methamphetamine labs, or if there was an incident at the school.
"I don't want people on the other side to have more fire power or equal fire power to my policemen," Wilkes stressed.
Wilkes referred to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting when explaining his stance on automatic weapons, where 20 students and eight adults were left dead in the path of a shooting rampage.
"I think when a person can kill 28 people in a matter of seconds, we need to start doing something," Wilkes said.
He added pistols or shotguns could still kill people in the event another similar tragedy were to strike, but more lives could be saved if the suspect did not have access to the assault weapons.
Wilkes said there are events taking place across the state and the nation, but added he will not be taking part in them.
"I just wanted to state my opinion. I think if everyone would do this and be honest about it we could make a change," Wilkes said. "I don't have the solutions, but we have to start someplace."
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, according to the website www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org consists of 800 mayors across the country.
There are currently six mayors listed in Indiana that have signed their agreement of the group, including Wilkes, Richard Hickman of Angola, Mark Kruzan of Bloomington, Thomas Henry of Fort Wayne, Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, and Dennis Tyler of Muncie.