Philadelphia Mayor says plan to fight gun violence on way

The new year means there will be a renewed effort to fight guns and violence connected with them in Philadelphia.


Mayor Michael Nutter says the problem in Philadelphia is similar to that nationwide: too many people with guns that can fire too many bullets too quickly.

“What we see now at crime scenes is 20 to 30 shell casings the number of head shots involved in homicides is up in the 10 percent range the multiple shell casings number is up pretty significantly as well,” said Nutter.

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Nutter says plans are underway to fight gun violence.

“You will hear from us very soon about additional efforts to deal with this issue from my perspective at the city the state and the federal level in my capacity as head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors,” he said.

Nutter would not elaborate on his plan, but did note that New Jersey and New York have stricter gun laws than Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has tried and failed in the past to convince lawmakers in Harrisburg to toughen statewide gun laws.


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