‘This is life and death’: Kansas City mayor says state should let city act on gun laws

Kansas City mayor decries gun violence. Missouri lawmakers debate nullifying federal gun laws Mayor Quinton Lucas discusses gun violence in the city. His comments come after Missouri lawmakers Ashley Bland Manlove, Steve Butz and Jered Taylor debated on Feb. 3 and 4 a bill that would declare federal gun restrictions invalid. By City of Kansas City, MO House of Representatives captions and subtitles off, selected Mayor Quinton Lucas discusses gun violence in the city. His comments come after Missouri lawmakers Ashley Bland Manlove, Steve Butz and Jered Taylor debated on Feb. 3 and 4 a bill that would declare federal gun restrictions invalid. By City of Kansas City, MO House of Representatives On Friday, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas noted that for six years Missouri cities have been prevented from enacting their own gun control measures, something he said hamstrings him in addressing the shootings and killings that plague the city. The comment came days after a particularly violent weekend in Kansas City made national news, and hours before two teenagers were shot and killed leaving a Ramadan service later that night. Lucas said he would like to be able to promote city ordinances to stop easy access to illegal firearms that flood the streets. But he can’t, because the Missouri General Assembly in 2014 preempted cities from making their own gun laws. And at the statehouse, advocates for stricter gun laws have hit a wall for years before a Republican-dominated legislature that has pushed instead to loosen gun […]

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