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'Painfully easy' to get gun in Missouri, Mayor Slay says

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- St. Louis City leaders and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson believe lawmakers in Jefferson City are making it too easy for criminals in St. Louis.

"Lax gun laws in the state make it painfully easy to get a gun, carry a gun and get off on charges when someone is arrested with a gun," Mayor Francis Slay said. 

Slay has been beating this drum for a while and Dotson agrees.

"The mayor, for as long as I've been chief, has talked about an armed offender docket. The circuit attorney talks about an armed offender docket. The University of Missouri talked about an armed offender docket, yet it falls on deaf ears," Dotson said. 

City leaders said they feel isolated and ignored by Jefferson City, where gun rights advocates seem to carry the legislative agenda.

Both the new house speaker, John Diehl (R-Town and Country), and president pro tempore of the senate, Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles County), did not return a call to News 4 for comment. 

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been trying to strike a balance on gun rights and gun laws and takes exception that lawmakers are to blame.

"Here's the bottom line, it's everybody's responsibility," Chappelle-Nadal said. "The governor could chime into this as well as the mayor and whoever works for the mayor in St. Louis. They've come to the state capitol on other occasions and they're welcome to come back."

They likely will come back, asking and trying to find a solution to a violent problem.

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