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Concerned residents want to get guns off the streets

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A group of parents and community leaders are working to get guns out of the hands of Savannah's young people.

The Georgia Coastal Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a meeting at the Bull St. library Wednesday focusing on crime prevention after eight people were shot at the Coastal Empire Fair Nov. 3.

They want to work with schools to help teens deal with conflict and anger management instead of turning toward violence. The group is also calling for schools, churches and other organizations to provide more leisure activities that will get kids off the streets and out of trouble.

"Anytime you go through an incident like we did at the fairgrounds, it's a reminder we have a problem with guns in the hands of young people, and it's a problem with them being incarcerated or even killed," says Rev. Carl Gilliard, president of the SCLC.

The meeting was also to kick-off Savannah's Gun Buy Back campaign, in which people can drop off their firearms at locations throughout the community.

The group has another meeting planned later this month. They hope to start the gun buy back campaign in January.

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