Metro Officials Hold Gun Violence Hearing

Posted at 12:05 PM, Oct 18, 2016

City officials held a gun violence hearing following several, high-profile shootings in Nashville.

The meeting was prompted after the recent shooting death of a Nashville tourist outside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The crime remains unsolved and has drawn a great deal of attention.   

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After the incident, Vice Mayor David Briley wrote a letter to Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson and the Director of the Health Department, inviting them to Tuesday night’s hearing on gun violence.

Briley said recent high-profile events gives the impression that Nashville is seeing a spike in gun violence.

He wanted to know if that's true and has asked to hear statistics, trends and possible solutions.

“Hopefully we will come up with some good ideas about innovative approaches that will keep guns out of hands of people who will make mistakes and be violent,” he said.  

Metro Police and the Health Department officials presented their findings during Tuesday night's hearing.

Data showed that death rates due to gun violence in Nashville did see a slight increase between 2010 and 2015 by about eight percent.

Homicides in the city jumped also from 41 to 79 when looking at numbers from 2014 and 2015.

Vice Mayor Briley said an upcoming community meeting in the J.C. Napier community to talk about gun violence.

He also mentioned there could be a push for more resources in next year's budget for youth violence intervention.