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St. Petersburg police to launch effort targeting illegal weapons

ST. PETERSBURG — A team of police officers will lead a monthlong project aimed at reducing the number of illegal guns in St. Petersburg.

Police chief Chuck Harmon will detail the effort at a news conference Thursday afternoon, officials said, along with Mayor Bill Foster and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

The effort, funded by $47,000 from a federal Justice Assistance Grant, will target criminals who illegally possess weapons, officials said. A special team will lead the initiative with assistance from the rest of the police department in identifying the guns and those who have them.

The team will work seven days a week for the duration of the project, authorities said. Further details about the effort will be released at the news conference.

St. Petersburg police to launch effort targeting illegal weapons 01/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:01pm]

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