Charleston Public Safety meets to talk gun safety

Charleston Public Safety meets to talk gun safety

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston Public Safety Committee met on Thursday to talk about guns.

Members of the committee say enough is enough, and they have to get the message out if you plan to own a gun, you have to be responsible.

Here's why committee members are so concerned.

From January 2016 through the beginning of this month, the Charleston police department says thieves stole 644 guns and 378 of those were taken from cars.

So city leaders and the police chief say it's time to have a conversation about being a responsible gun owner, because often times, those guns are taken from cars and even homes that are not locked.

And some of those guns, have been used to commit crimes.

Case in point, the shooting in July that left a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old dead, police say the gun used was stolen from a car the month before.

So on Thursday, the Public Safety Committee sat down to talk about education and even penalties for people who don't secure their guns.

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