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WPD looking for stronger gun laws to cut down on gang violence

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© The Wilmington Police Department is looking for stronger gun laws to help crack down on gang violence in the Port City. © The Wilmington Police Department is looking for stronger gun laws to help crack down on gang violence in the Port City.
State Senator Thom Goolsby said he would support legislation to keep guns away from criminals but not the public. State Senator Thom Goolsby said he would support legislation to keep guns away from criminals but not the public.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is looking for stronger gun laws to help crack down on gang violence in the Port City.

According to an email sent from Wilmington Deputy Police Chief Mitch Cunningham to a city staff member, the department is looking for local politicians to support strengthening gun laws at the state level. 

Cunningham writes that Wilmington police chief Ralph Evangelous requested the action.  Cunningham also writes that Assistant City Attorney Meredith Everhart had already prepared draft legislation the upcoming legislative session in Raleigh.

"Other areas of the country experiencing similar problems have used effective gun laws to reduce violence," Cunningham wrote to Wilmington city staffers.

In the email, Cunningham does not describe what specific changes the department wants made to gun laws.

POLITICIAN RESPONDS

State Senator Thom Goolsby said he would support legislation to keep guns away from criminals but not the public.

"I want to see to it that law-abiding citizens' gun rights are protected, but thugs and gang-members don't deserve handguns, shouldn't have them ever, period," said Goolsby.

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