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Community Guns Growing Trend Among Area Criminals

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The practice of “gun-sharing” in the Big Apple was exposed in a recent New York Times article, but its a phenomenon that’s being seen locally, as well.

These are community weapons that are left in secret hiding places that only a few people know about, but are readily available when they feel the need for one.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce told KMOX’s Mark Reardon about what they learned from one recent arrestee. “He said, ‘hey I shot at the police officer, I’m good for that one. But I didn’t do the 20 or 30 other ones, that’s our community gun'”

That suspect then spilled the beans about how the gun was circulated among a group of people.

Joyce says the practice of gun-sharing can make it that much tougher on prosecutors to prove who committed a specific crime.

Listen to Jennifer Joyce’s full interview below

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