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Evansville Man Petitions For Firearm Tax

June 15, 2016

Evansville man Sean O’Daniel started a petition to fund ShotSpotter.

ShotSpotter is a technology that identifies gunfire and allows law enforcement to respond quickly.

Evansville City Council considered installing ShotSpotter, but the $250,000 price didn’t fit into the city’s budget at the time.

O’Daniel’s son and cousin both killed themselves with guns. When he heard ShotSpotter wasn’t in the city’s plans, he took action.

 His petition, now at 67 names, proposes an increase on the taxation of firearm sales, “to pay for crime prevention tools needed by our police department to track down criminals that use those firearms illegally."

He also wants every gun to be registered, and the owners to pay an excise tax.

"You have to own a gun to shoot a gun, so therefore people in possession of firearms are those that are responsible for spotting where they're shooting the fire arms,” O’Daniel said.

City Councilwoman Missy Mosby said with Evansville’s recent Promise Zone designation, ShotSpotter could be a possibility in the future.

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