Bridgeport officials hold gun violence forum

Posted: Updated:
BRIDGEPORT -

Officials in Bridgeport Thursday hosted a youth gun violence roundtable. 

The roundtable was held at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center.

Mayor Joe Ganim was joined by Police Chief AJ Perez and other law enforcement officers, state's attorneys, groups like Project Longevity and Connecticut Against Gun Violence, and victim's families.

They discussed the juvenile justice system and said there aren't strict enough punishments for kids who commit crimes. They also talked about ways to combat the sale of guns that are brought into Bridgeport from out of the state.

Community leaders say they have been coming together for the past two years to meet twice a month to tackle the issue of youth gun violence in the city.

The initiative started after the death of Jayson Negron.

In light of four killings in the past six weeks, leaders say they are going to need everyone to come to the table to fight gun violence once and for all.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."