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New Initiative To Reduce Gun Violence In St. Louis

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New Initiative To Reduce Gun Violence In St. Louis

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)   A new initiative is being made to reduce gun violence in the City of St. Louis. Religious, healthcare, business, and community leaders have joined the City of St. Louis in filing an amicus brief in the Missouri Supreme Court.  Amicus, meaning “friend of the court,” and asks the Court to […]

New Initiative To Reduce Gun Violence In St. Louis

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)   A new initiative is being made to reduce gun violence in the City of St. Louis.

Religious, healthcare, business, and community leaders have joined the City of St. Louis in filing an amicus brief in the Missouri Supreme Court.  Amicus, meaning “friend of the court,” and asks the Court to consider the widespread impact guns have throughout our community and to uphold the Felon in Possession law.

That law has been challenged in several cases, including one where a St. Louis Circuit Court judge ruled that Amendment 5 invalidated the Felon in Possession law as applied to some convicted felons. The State is appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court.

Together, the City, the Archdiocese, the Chamber, SSM Health, and the Demetrious Johnson Foundation contend the following:

Gun violence has wide-ranging impacts throughout the community, resulting in needless deaths, fractured families, significant societal costs, and hindered economic development.
The felon-in-possession law is an essential tool for reducing gun violence.
The Circuit Court’s decision threatens to take away one of law enforcement’s few tools to reduce gun violence.

 

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