After DV shooting deaths, mayor criticizes lawmakers pushing 27 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

After DV shooting deaths, mayor criticizes lawmakers pushing 27 gun bills

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After a spate of domestic violence shootings on the heels of what many Tennesseans call “Gun Week” on Capitol Hill, some Memphis leaders are criticizing lawmakers for promoting the proliferation of gun use.

Wednesday, a gun permit-holding security guard murdered his estranged wife and turned the gun on himself in the parking lot of her Whitehaven workplace.

Monday, a Jackson man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and himself outside her workplace, the same day that the Tennessee General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the guns-in-trunks bill.

Twenty-seven gun laws are on the books this legislative session.

The guns-in-trunks bill allows workers to sue their employers, if they're fired for storing a gun in their trunk at work.

The measure goes to Governor Bill Haslam for his signature.

While in most cases, suspects follow their victims to their victims' workplace, Memphis Area Women's Council Executive Director Deborah Clubb says the gun bills support a culture where domestic violence has become more deadly with easier access to guns.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton mirrors Clubb's sentiments and says lawmakers should be working to get more guns off the streets, instead of the reverse.

Deborah Clubb offers businesses workshops on how to manage domestic violence. For more information, visit: www.memphiswomen.org/dvsigns.html

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