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Gun Crimes on the Rise in City of St. Louis

Kevin Killeen
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Police Chief Dan Isom (KMOX/file photo)

Police Chief Dan Isom (KMOX/file photo)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The latest crime report for July shows assaults with a weapon are up more than 14 percent from a year ago, underscoring what Chief Dan Isom says is a problem of more guns on the street.

“Many people have talked about the gun show loophole, which allows people to buy guns and basically there’s no absolutely background check,” Isom said, “So, just the way the laws are structured today, there is a proliferation of guns in our community.”

Isom says police chiefs from around the country are complaining about lax gun laws, and Mayor Francis Slay, a member of the police board, says gun proliferation was also a hot topic at the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The latest crime report also shows rapes up 16 percent from a year ago, vehicle theft up 2.4 percent and arson rose 7.2 percent.

In the positive column, the report shows burglary was down 32 percent from a year ago. Robbery was down 12 percent, larceny down 16.5 percent and homicide down 11 percent.

To read the chief’s report on crime, as presented at the Wednesday board meeting, click here.

In other news, Isom announced that plans to move police operations to a new headquarters building will be delayed until late spring 2014. The department had originally planned to move operations to 1915 Olive Street sooner, but the chief says complexities of the bidding process and coordinating three funding sources makes the delay necessary .

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