Birmingham police say there are too many guns on the street

Birmingham police say there are too many guns on the street

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - On Monday night Birmingham had its 87th homicide of the year. Last year at the same time the city had 73 murders.

The Birmingham Police Department believes there is a problem with guns.

"We just think there are too many guns on the streets. We're seeing too many guns." Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department said.

Edwards said many grab a gun to solve their problems and many weapons used in crimes are stolen.

"We are recovering quite a few firearms but yet we are still seeing more firearms. It's an uphill battle," Edwards said.

At Birmingham City Hall, a long time anti-violence community activist says the police need to crack down on illegal gun use.

"We have too many guns in our community. You know me, access to a gun is easy. You can go anywhere on a street corner and buy a gun, 25, 30 dollars," Cedric Hatcher said.

Meanwhile a Birmingham city councilman is calling for more checkpoints to get those illegal weapons off the streets.

"Because these young people got these guns in their cars. I don't think all of them have permits for them. We are not saying getting guns from law abiding citizens ... we ought to get in a preventive mode as well," councilor Steven Hoyt said.

Edwards said the department uses checkpoints in targeted areas.

The National Rifle Association points to a rise in gun purchases and national drop is violent crime numbers as to why more guns make cities safer.

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