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Kruzan Urges Stricter Gun Laws

Bloomington’s mayor has signed on to a pact urging Congress to enact stricter gun laws.

Bloomington’s mayor has signed on to a pact urging Congress to enact stricter gun laws, but admits the signature means little in the short term for the city.

Mark Kruzan is the 6th Indiana mayor to join the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, which seeks to keep illegal firearms out of the hands of unlicensed users by requiring background checks for all gun sales in the nation.

Kruzan noted that since the beginning of 2009, Bloomington police have recorded more than 140 gun crimes, but could not say how many of those involved the illegal firearms and illegal sales the compact addresses. He also says his signature will mean more if Congress changes gun laws.

“The Coalition is aimed at the House bill and the Senate bill at the federal level, to make it a blanket law across the country,” Kruzan said.

His primary election opponent, John Hamilton, issued a statement criticizing the mayor for not doing more for public safety prior to election season and not holding more public meetings seeking solutions for decreasing crime in Bloomington.

The mayors of Angola, Fort Wayne, Columbus, South Bend and Indianapolis have also signed the same pledge.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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