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Largo mayor's husband asks City Commission to push for gun control

LARGO — City governments in Florida do not have the power to regulate guns. But that didn't stop Eric Gerard, husband of Largo Mayor Pat Gerard, from imploring his spouse and her peers on the City Commission last week to act in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

"I'm here to speak on behalf of sanity in the control of deadly weapons," said Gerard, 60, a writer, during the citizens comment portion of Tuesday's commission meeting.

He urged commissioners to ask the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Legislature to press for laws expanding background checks and registration requirements for prospective gun owners and banning semi-automatic weapons.

"Our safety and the safety of our children from this carnage is up to you to initiate," Gerard said. "It's time, simply, to stand up and say stop."

After the meeting, Pat Gerard echoed her husband's comments and said she recently signed two resolutions urging Congress to reinstate a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

Will Hobson can be reached at or (727) 445-4167.

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