Krewson Works to Combat Armed Cruising Trend

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says it's time for the state to allow cities to be a little tougher with their gun laws.

August 15, 2018 - 9:58 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The trend is dubbed "armed cruising." It's seen in action with the recent video showing people gathering at a St. Louis gas station, some firing rifles into the air.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says it's time for the state to allow cities to be a little tougher with their gun laws.

"My own opinion is that urban areas - our two big cities at least St. Louis and Kansas City - we should have the ability to have different rules about guns in our areas because, frankly, urban areas are different that rural areas."

Krewson says she's made her argument already to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who's been intent on "listening" during his first weeks in office. 

"I'm from a rural area, I understand hunting," Krewson says. "But what I don't understand is people with automatic, semi-automatic weapons, AK-47s, AR-15s, with magazines that hold 30, 60, 300 bullets sometimes. I don't understand that, and I don't think there is any place for it in our city."

As for the immediate "armed and cruising" threat, the mayor says she had spoken with the police chief and public safety director before the video came out. They're beefing up patrols at certain gas stations.

"To see those folks that are so cavalier with those weapons, it's very concerning, and of course we have to address that," Krewson says.