- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Reeling from a surge of murders at year’s end, St. Petersburg officials say they are willing to explore a variety of options to bring the violence under control.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/1ms7nj2) reports that Mayor Rick Kriseman is studying several possibilities. Council member Karl Nurse is meeting with Police Chief Tony Holloway next week to discuss curfews for minors, among other ideas.

City Attorney Jackie Kovilaritch said a recent move by Seattle municipal authorities to tax sales of guns and ammunition won’t work in Florida. State law prohibits local governments from taxing firearms.

But she added imposing a fee on guns or ammo tied to a specific service might work.

Shootings in the city have left seven young men dead since Nov. 10.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.


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