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Midwest leaders discuss initiatives at MN gun summit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mayors, police chiefs and prosecutors from around the Upper Midwest say greater access to data on firearms purchases and strong community partnerships are just a few initiatives that could prevent future gun violence.

The officials are meeting in Minneapolis for a daylong summit on gun policies.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says that while recent mass shootings require federal action, there is also a "slow-motion mass murder" happening in cities across America -- and that daily violence can't be ignored by lawmakers.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he and others will head to Washington next week to lobby for change to federal gun laws.

Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has reached a consensus on some proposals, including banning assault weapons, and will present those ideas next week.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WXOW) -- Mayors, police chiefs and prosecutors from around the upper Midwest are meeting in Minneapolis to talk about gun violence -- and how they can work together to prevent it.

Minneapolis officials say authorities, policy makers and experts attending the Regional Gun Summit will share information and discuss their challenges in fighting gun violence. Authorities want to see how laws in the region differ, and figure out what works and what doesn't.

Thursday's summit is co-hosted by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Authorities from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri are also participating.

Planning for the conference began a year ago, but its scope grew after recent mass shootings at a Minneapolis workplace, a Connecticut school, and shootings at a Sikh temple and mall in the Milwaukee area.

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