Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas recognized for his work on gun safety

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was named National Gun Sense Legislator of the Year by Everytown for gun safety.

Lucas has advocated for gun safety reforms in part through his work as co-chair of Mayors against illegal weaponsa coalition of current and former US mayors working with Everytown to advocate for reform and violence prevention.

This week, Lucas condemned the biggest gun manufacturers, calling on them to be held accountable for the influx of illegal firearms into Kansas City. More than 70% of weapons linked to violent crime in 2021 were produced by 15 manufacturers, according to an analysis by the Kansas City Police Department.

“We are tired of reacting to legislatures that are unwilling to do the work to stop gun violence,” Lucas said Friday after a mayors-hosted summit against illegal guns. “We are tired of waiting for Congress. We are tired of looking for solutions, whether in Washington or in our state capitals.

Kansas City has joined other cities in suing gun manufacturers for violating state or federal laws. A lawsuit in 2020 led the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to revoke the license of a firearms manufacturer previously known as Jimenez Arms.

“To hold bad actors in the gun industry accountable, Kansas City has become the first city in more than a decade to sue a gun manufacturer,” said Carthesa Dillard Hutson, of Independence, during Gun Sense University 2022, the event at which Lucas was recognized. on Sunday.

Dillard’s 19-year-old son, Christopher Hutson Jr., was shot and killed in May 2017 while returning from an ultrasound appointment with his pregnant girlfriend. Dillard’s brother was killed in an accidental shooting three years earlier.

Kansas City has set grim homicide records in recent years.

In 2021, the city suffered the second highest number of homicides in its history with 157 deaths; that same year, more than 630 people were shot but survived. Kansas City’s deadliest year came in 2020, with 182 murders. So far this year, the city has suffered 90 homicides, according to data kept by The Star, which includes killings by police.

Lucas recently traveled to the capital to celebrate the signing of the Safe Communities Act, a bipartisan measure that marks the most significant attempt by federal lawmakers to address the issue in nearly 30 years.

US Democratic senses Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Democratic Georgia State Senator Michelle Au received the federal version of the award. Representative Lucy McBath of Georgia received the Inaugural Demand a Seat Lawmaker of the Year award.

The announcements were part of the organization’s program Gun Sense Universityan annual training ground for leaders of the gun violence prevention movement.

“The local gun violence prevention movement is stronger than ever and as a result, we have seen incredible progress at all levels of government in passing vital laws and innovative new policies to tackle our epidemic of gun violence,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand. Action, said in a press release.

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Cortlynn Stark covers town hall with a focus on fairness for the Kansas City Star. She joined The Star in January 2020 as a breaking news reporter. Cortlynn studied journalism and Spanish at Missouri State University.

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