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Lucas proposes measure to keep guns away from domestic violence abusers

Posted at 11:40 AM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 10:53:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas has introduced another ordinance aimed at curbing gun violence as the city continues to grapple with an increase in violent crime.

On Wednesday morning, Lucas said the ordinance would allow police to arrest a person carrying a firearm who has been convicted of domestic violence, whether a felony or misdemeanor, or who has been issued a restraining order. The ordinance also would allow police to remove and seize the firearm.

“No one who resorts to violence in a romantic relationship or otherwise should be able to carry a gun. And that's simple,” Lucas said. “This is one more step in a series of actions as I noted that we’re taking in my administration to combat gun violence and violent crime.”

Lucas spoke about the ordinance at the Rose Brooks Center, a Kansas City nonprofit that works to protect victims of domestic violence.

Less than a month after taking office, Lucas proposed two ordinances making it illegal for minors to possess handguns and to sell a gun to a minor. The Kansas City Council approved both measures in late August.

Lucas has made local gun safety measures a priority for his administration and has said that he wants to see anti-gun violence measures in place by the end of the year.

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In Kansas City so far this year, 122 homicides have been reported, with the majority being committed with some type of firearm, according to Kansas City Police Department data.