'This is not about gun control, this is about keeping people safe,' Mayor Jackson said during a Tuesday press conference


CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson announced a new plan pertaining to public safety in the city of Cleveland on Tuesday morning.

The legislation, which will be considered by city council, involves a new comprehensive gun code in the city of Cleveland.

"We intend to have specific legislation introduced to council by July 16," Jackson declared.

Some of the highlights include a gun offender registry and the prohibition of access to convicted felons.

"This is not about gun control, this is about keeping people safe," Jackson said.

On more than one occasion, Mayor Jackson cited the case of 23-year-old Derrice Alexander, who is charged in the fatal shooting of his own 2-year-old son during an alleged domestic dispute last week.

Mayor Jackson began his press conference by highlighting several ways the city has worked to get gun violence under control since 2006, which include:

  • Destroying 6,000 firearms.
  • Confiscating 9,000 firearms -- more than 861 of which were taken from juveniles.
  • 418 firearms have been confiscated so far this year.
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