Raleigh residents turning to guns to deter crime

Residents turn to guns to deter crime
Published: Mar. 14, 2016 at 9:59 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 14, 2016 at 11:44 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis community is considering turning to guns in order to take back their neighborhood against crime.

The Raleigh area held a meeting last week, and one neighborhood association wants to make sure residents are knowledgeable about gun safety and carry permits.

"I've been here 11 years and I see it slowly just deteriorating, crimes coming here," said Reginald Reynolds.

For Reynolds, what appears to be more crime in his neighborhood is enough for him to pack up and move out.

"We're moving out of here in another year or two," said Reynolds.

However, he can appreciate what Twin Leakes, his neighborhood association, is doing to try and crack down on gun violence.

Antonio Parkinson is helping to organize the effort.

"Encouraging members to attend gun safety classes and become permit holders if they are qualified to become permit holders," said Parkinson.

There have already been more than 40 homicides so far this year in Memphis, many happening in the Raleigh area.

A meeting was held at the community center last Thursday for Raleigh residents who want to find out more about gun safety.

The association also wants to stress the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them in an effort to deter criminals from the Raleigh area.

"By letting them know 'hey, this is not the community that you want to target, everyone here is carry permit holders," said Parkinson, "The goal is to deter crime."

However, not everyone agrees.

"Law enforcement is the only people who should be able to carry guns," said Raleigh resident Jasmine Pegues.

Memphis Police have been pushing to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people, even holding an annual Gas for Gun event.

While they're working on their end, a neighborhood group in Raleigh is working to do its part, hoping residents like Reynolds are safe.

"If you don't have a permit or if you don't have the training, you shouldn't have a gun period," said Reynolds.

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