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St. Petersburg City Councilmen call for stronger gun control

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Lisa Wheeler Brown stood on the front steps of St. Petersburg city hall, reading the names of victims of gun violence. One of the names is that of her 21 year old son. Wheeler Brown says, " Our children should not be wondering if they will make it to the age of 21."

She was joined by city council member Karl Nurse. Nurse and others are calling on Florida Congressman Bill Young to support gun control legislation being proposed by President Obama. Nurse says, " Common sense tells us, we need to make it more difficult for criminals to buy guns and we need to make it more difficult for the mentally ill to buy guns and we do not need semi-automatic rifles to go hunting."

Gun owners say, it's not that simple. Andy Anderson at the Kastle Keep gun store in largo says, " The biggest problem I see is theft, people having their guns stolen out of their homes, out of their cars, people not taking responsibility for the firearms they have, locking them up." Anderson says the national debate on gun control is driving gun sales faster than he's ever seen. Anderson says, " Nobody wants any type of a new law. That's what is making all of the businesses go insane. I mean people are just selling more guns and more ammunition than ever before. I mean, I've been in the business for 20 years and I've never seen anything like this."

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