Pending Missouri violent crime bill panned as tough-on-crime

The Washington Times -

The Washington Times—COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Conservative and progressive advocacy groups are slamming a bill aimed at combating a surge of violence in Missouri's largest cities as a return to tough-on-crime policies. At issue is a bill that would stiffen penalties for gun crimes, dangerous felonies and crimes committed by gangs. It

Mayor Lucas asks Missouri lawmakers to address violent crime in Kansas City in special session. “We are at a crisis point in Kansas City and we need state legislative action on several items,” Lucas wrote.