Rep. Morelle calls for better security at gun shops during meets with gun control advocates

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Congressman Joe Morelle was in Rochester on Thursday to meet with the local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

This comes less than a day after the ROC against Gun Violence Coalition unveiled its action plan.

It recommends the city increase staff at the “Pathways to Peace” program. It also calls for a mobile trauma response unit for victims of violence.

During Thursday’s meeting, Congressman Morelle spoke with a number of local parents and talked about some of the things he’s planning to address when he gets back to Washington.

“What you really want to do is focus on the things that are important… obviously universal background checks are front and center right now, that’s a topic of conversation,” said Rep. Joe Morelle. “Also we wanted to get some input on my efforts to have greater security at gun shops. People who are selling guns for a living but in many cases are lax around security — we’ve seen that around here in Monroe County.”

Last year, law enforcement authorities investigated several break-ins at gun shops — including one shop in Parma that had been burglarized twice in a month.

Morelle says he will continue to work on legislation addressing these issues which he hopes will be prepared in the next several weeks.

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