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Operation Fed-Up Latest Plan To Fight Gun Crime In Memphis

Memphis, TN - All they needed was a marching band and some fireworks.

This was one of those news conferences that well it was a doozy, let's just leave it at that.

It was all about announcing the latest crime plan Operation Fed Up.

Aimed at those folks breaking the laws while carrying guns illegally.

'It has worked all across the country," says Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, "And it worked here about eight years ago when we had gun crime is jail time. It really worked."

It took the new law from Nashville to toughen up the penalties for those arrested for owning a gun illegally.

State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville)  sometimes says, "Legislators look at crime bills and say that's just a Memphis problem."

Not with this law.  "Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville, all have serious gun problems," he said. "For those of us who believe in the second amendment, the right to keep arms, we're lawful gun owners. and we don't want unlawful gun owners in possession."

Mayor Strickland says on its own the program won't be successful.

Programs to help young teens is a part of the long term crime solution.

Short term fixes are laws like this and getting more police officers on the streets. Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings says, "All these things work together, and in time, it will have a substantial impact on our staff and an impact on crime."

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