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Proctor Calls for Gun Violence Summit


Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor has called a community meeting to talk about guns and gun violence.  Tom Flanigan reports Proctor and two local clergymen sent out the public invitation on the morning of Monday, Feb. 11 during a media event at the Leon County Courthouse.

Proctor thinks it’s those who favor unrestricted gun access who are leading the discussion, sometimes without saying a word.

“A week ago Saturday, was perhaps the largest turnout I have ever seen of cars down at the fairgrounds at the gun show.”

Reverend Lee Johnson of the Tallahassee Ministry Alliance says individual gun sales are also a problem.

“Those guns land in the hands of people who may not necessarily be using those guns for self defense.”

Bethel A-M-E’s Reverend Julius McAllister sees it as a national issue.

“I think that Tallahassee is a microcosm of what we see across our country.”

On Monday, the three invited community leaders, law officials and academic experts to an open summit on gun violence next Wednesday, February twentieth.  The forum will be held in the County Commission Chambers of the Leon County Courthouse.