An 'absurd' law will put the Louisville shooter's gun back on sale, mayor says
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A gunman killed five people and injured at least eight more at a bank in downtown Louisville on Monday. A law says the rifle used in the shooting will go back into circulation — something the city's mayor says is absurd and dangerous.
Who is he? Democratic Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg.
What's the big deal? This isn't Greenberg's first encounter with gun violence, nor is he the first public figure to have a personal tie to a mass shooting.
What's Greenberg saying?
On receiving more legislative independence:
I do think that cities like Louisville that have unique gun violence epidemics, should have the autonomy to figure out what we want to do to reduce gun violence.
On the auction law regarding the rifle:
We have a law that this assault rifle that was used to murder five people, and that was used to lay in waiting and shoot at rescuing officers that came to the scene, that gun under Kentucky law will one day be back on the streets. Because right now under Kentucky law, confiscated guns are required to be turned over to the state who in turn is required to auction off these weapons. That is wrong. That is absurd. That is dangerous. And so hopefully everyone, regardless of party affiliation, agrees that this weapon should never be back on the street and we can work together to change that law.
On the future of policy changes and gun control in his state:
I am cautiously optimistic today. First, I know that my friends of all political parties agree that they never want to see harm like this happen ever again, to anyone, whether it's in Louisville and Kentucky, or anywhere in America or this world. And so I'm hopeful. And based on some of the outreach that I've had over the past 24 hours since I called for this change, I am hopeful that we can sit down and work together and talk about our differences on these issues.
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