St. Louis Officials Asking for Gun Courts

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Saying that gun cases must be handled as though our lives and the city’s future depend on it, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and Police Chief Sam Dotson are going to the Missouri legislature today seeking to establish “An Armed Offender Docket.”

The docket would basically be a gun court, which would have two judges handle all gun crime cases and follow suspects from the issuing of charges to post-sentencing supervision.

Mayor Francis Slay tells KMOX that under the current system gun criminals get lost.

“We want to send them a message, that we’re not going to tolerate gun violence in our city,” Slay said. “If you use a gun we’re going to pay attention to you, and you are going to get a higher bond and a stiffer sentence.”

Slay says a gun court would deliver swifter and more effective justice to violent criminals.

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