Tampa-area officials discuss gun violence | Crime
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Two Tampa Bay lawmakers are proposing solutions to gun violence in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
A Hillsborough County commissioner wants an annual gun buyback program and a yearly memorial for victims of gun violence.
The Tampa Tribune reports that commissioner Kevin Beckner will make a proposal next week. Under his plan, money to buy weapons would come from an annual county allocation plus local business support.
In St. Petersburg, Councilman Steve Kornell will propose next week to support a lobbying effort with state and federal officials for increased gun control, including reinstating a national ban on assault-type weapons.
Kornell says he wants to ban military-style weapons as well as create laws that make it easier to prosecute people who illegally purchase guns for others.
Upcoming Events near Highlands County
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- Bartow middle school teacher fired for inappropriate texts, touching student
- While a teacher, who police say had sex with student appears in court, another family comes forward about the 29 year old.
- Fatal crash in Lake Wales closes portion of Hwy 60 E
- Sentencing scheduled for 1981 shooting rampage
- Funeral held for Bay area soldier killed at Fort Hood