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Detroit Mayor says gun-free zones in the city don't do much to limit shootings

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have launched a free online gun violence prevention course.
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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have launched a free online gun violence prevention course.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (DUG-in) says efforts to set up “gun-free zones” in the city…may not do much to limit shootings.

The mayor praises state lawmakers for passing recent laws to take guns away from people if they are deemed a threat.

And Detroit’s police department is coordinating with federal and county law enforcement agencies to focus on preventing gun violence.

But Duggan says he is not a fan of the Detroit City Council’s recent request for Lansing lawmakers to create certain areas where guns are not permitted.

Mayor Duggan said, “I don’t see the gun-free zones being particularly helpful. I think we have set up right now on the Riverwalk metal detectors. The teenagers…the felons…people who cannot legally carry…they’re staying away. And so all a gun-free zone does is take the people with a concealed carry permit out. And I’m not sure there’s any great advantage to that.”

Duggan is also joining President Biden’s campaign…as one of 50 members of a so-called National Advisory Board…designed to serve as key candidate surrogates in their respective regions...

Quinn Klinefelter is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, anchoring midday newscasts and preparing reports for WDET, NPR and the BBC. Klinefelter joined WDET in 1998 after earning a M.A. from the nation’s top-ranked journalism school, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and working as a sports correspondent for BBC Radio 4 and as a talk show host, anchor and reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio.