ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Following four shootings on Tuesday night that left three people dead, Albany city leaders approved a new annual budget, with 50 percent of the money going to public safety.
Commissioners said half of the $272 million budget will go the Albany Police Department and the Fire Department.
City commissioners voiced concerns on the recent rash of violent crimes.
Police Chief Michael Persley said he's really concerned about the uptick in shootings in the community in the past week.
And the biggest issue he discussed was second amendment rights.
"We do have an issue of gun violence here in our community to where it seems that it is very acceptable to just to have a gun and to commit any kind of acts with that. One thing we want to stress to everyone is that even though we do support the second amendment rights of those but we want people who do have guns to be responsible," said Chief Persley.
"In this city and this country we have too many individuals that got guns that are not licensed to carry guns and enough is enough and we got to stop the violence somewhere," said City Commissioner Jon Howard.
Chief Persley said that not only includes the handling of the weapon but the safekeeping of it.
And for those who don't have a license to carry, he's making it a priority to see that they don't get weapons.
Chief Persley is asking for the community to speak up about violent crimes to prevent more loss of life and to hold those suspects accountable for their crimes.
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