Tennessee lawmakers push for gun laws to curb violent crime, say compromise is needed

Tennessee lawmakers push for gun laws to curb violent crime, say compromise is needed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As violent crime continues to be a major issue in the city of Memphis, lawmakers say they are pushing for better gun laws in the state, but they’re still getting push back. “I’m not anti-gun. I’m not anti-second amendment. But I think that everything that we do we need to keep gun safety and just being smart at the forefront,” said Tennessee senator Raumesh Akbari. Memphis Police say there have been at least 71 interstate shootings, 279 homicides, and as of September, there have been more than 4,700 reported violent incidents involving guns. Police chief deputy Samuel Hines tells WREG he believes the increase in gun violence is due to an increase in people having guns in cars. In Tennessee, it is legal to have a loaded weapon in a vehicle without a permit but Hines believes this can be a problem. The University of Memphis Public Safety institute reports around 850 firearms have been reported stolen from vehicles in Memphis this year. Hines says this is causing a Domino Effect when it comes to crime. “A lot of the criminals are getting their guns out of cars because so many people keep their weapon in their car,” Hine said. “That does lead to more crime which eventually leads to more homicides.” Tennessee senator Raumesh Akbari says she’s advocated for gun safety for years, even putting forth legislation that would make it an offense to leave an unsecured firearm in an unattended vehicle. However, she says […]

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