Memphis community members list state gun laws as factors in violent crime

Memphis community members list state gun laws as factors in violent crime

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – At least four children became victims of violence this week, including a seven-year-old boy who was shot and killed on the Fourth of July in Klondike. As with every case of violence, the ultimate blame lies with the person who commits the crime. But community members and city leaders say there are other factors at play as well, including state gun laws. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland shared figures this week on social media showing the number of guns stolen from cars in Memphis. Your help is needed; please never leave an unsecured gun in a car. Since state law was changed allowing guns in cars without a permit, the number of guns stolen from cars has skyrocketed. And those guns are being used to commit crimes. pic.twitter.com/HEnZ4vObj8 — Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) July 6, 2021 In the middle of the chart, you can see the explosion of stolen guns starting in 2015, one year after state lawmakers passed a bill allowing people to keep loaded guns inside their vehicles without a permit. By 2020, the number had nearly tripled. Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis says many of those stolen guns are used in crimes. “More than 40 percent of guns used in crimes are stolen from vehicles of law-abiding citizens,” said Davis. Community members say that 2014 law is just one example of legislation that might’ve seemed good for Tennessee but bad for Memphis. The latest, they say, is the permitless carry law. Supporters of […]

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