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St. Pete mayor takes stand against guns

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman signed the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles". St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman signed the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles".
St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman signed the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles". St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman signed the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles".
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says keeping guns out of the hands of criminals is one of his office's top priorities.

Thursday, he signed the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles".

"This administration and the city of St. Petersburg will not tolerate gun violence," said Kriseman.  "You are not welcome in this city if your intent is to engage in gun violence. And, that illegal guns are not acceptable."

Kriseman was joined by acting St Petersburg Police Chief David DeKay, Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson and Lisa Wheeler-Brown, who lost her son to gun violence five years ago. She believes this is a positive step forward for the city.

"Having the mayor sign this is a big step for me," said Wheeler-Brown. "It won't be tolerated in our city any more and hopefully, I'm looking to preventing more gun violence and helping stop the norm as people seem to think it is."

Kriseman says signing the paper alone, won't make a difference. He says the community needs to get involved.

"If you see gun violence, then we need your help to prevent it from happening again," he said.

"And, that's really the main thing that I'm hoping to accomplish here is to get that out to the community that we need your help. If we're going to stop illegal guns and gun violence, we need your help. It has to be a community effort."


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