Mayor Tishaura O. Jones Announces New Action on Gun Safety Legislation, Holds Listening Session with Gun Violence Survivors, Law Enforcement Leaders

Learn of new efforts to enact commonsense gun safety legislation

August 22, 2023 | 2 min reading time

Today, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, joined by SLMPD Chief Robert J. Tracy, Office of Violence Prevention Director Wil Pinkney as well as Ald. Daniela Velazquez (6), Ald. Alisha Sonnier (7), Ald. Shameem Clark-Hubbard (10), Ald. Pam Boyd (13), Ald. Tom Oldenburg (2) held a listening session with gun violence survivors and advocates to hear personally about the devastating toll gun violence takes on communities across St. Louis. Following the roundtable, Mayor Jones announced new efforts in collaboration with aldermen to enact commonsense gun safety legislation.

“In the coming days, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, aldermen are ready to introduce commonsense gun safety legislation,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “We come together around a shared vision: a safer, stronger St. Louis, ready to stand up for our values. We know Missourians are demanding state-level action to pass measures like red-flag laws and background checks, but we are ready to try every tool available to us at the local level to protect families from gun violence.”

Following Mayor Jones’ signing of BB29, which regulated open carry in the city, aldermen are prepared to introduce legislation to:

  • Prohibit military-grade weapons on our streets 
  • Prevent transfer or sale of guns to minors
  • Take action on ghost guns and similar untraceable firearms
  • Prepare St. Louis for the passage of Blair’s Law
  • Prohibit insurrectionists and those convicted of hate crimes from having guns

Bills are tracked on the City’s website. The Board of Aldermen returns to session on September 15. 

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