- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The mayor of Providence is creating a permeant advisory council with the intention of reducing gun violence.

Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an executive order creating the council on Tuesday, saying he’s personally witnessed the devastation caused by gun violence.

The council will consist of 11 members - five community leaders have been chosen so far - who will report to him every quarter. Their first annual report on their findings and recommendations will be submitted by the end of next year.

Elorza says he’s looking for a “holistic” approach to the problem of gun violence and illegal guns. The council will be responsible for reviewing best practices on reducing gun violence, finding potential funding opportunities and examining possible changes to law.

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