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Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno attends gun trafficking summit in Boston

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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno was among those at a regional gun trafficking summit in Boston Thursday, hosted by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. 

Walsh invited city officials from surrounding states and western Massachusetts to discuss anti-violence efforts. 

Police and city officials were all there to discuss one thing - public safety. The focus was how to keep guns off the streets of not only the city of Boston, but all of New England. Walsh said he created the event to start a discussion about the amount of guns that come in and out of our cities.

"We really have to work collaboratively to deal with the violence that's going on in our streets and the young people that are losing their lives to senseless gun violence and also to drug addiction," said Walsh. 

Walsh hopes the event will help build relationships with partners in the region to put a stop to the violence. 

"This conversation is about illegal guns getting into the hands of young people in the cities and towns in Massachusetts and around this country," said Walsh.

Law enforcement from surrounding states shared practices and information from what they do on a daily basis. ATF says they're seeing trends where people are purchasing guns for felons, then those firearms are used to commit violent crimes. 

Sarno participated in a round table discussion with fellow elected leaders from across the state and region. 

"Mental health comes into play, also looking for uniform type laws as far as gun trafficking that occurs in other states, we have strong laws in Massachusetts," said Sarno.

Mayor Sarno was joined by incoming Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri to discuss preventative aspects.

United States attorney Carmen Ortiz said often times when a crime happens in a certain city, the weapon was purchased in a different city, or even a different state.

"It's good to have those connections in neighboring states, you can pick up the phone you can exchange information, you can share it," said Ortiz.

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