CRIME

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown pleads for a solution on gun violence

Jun 7, 2022, 6:03 PM
chief mike brown salt lake city police street racing...
FILE: Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown speaks at a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 5, 2020. On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Brown spoke out about the gun violence in Salt Lake City. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — In wake of Monday evening’s shooting in Salt Lake City that left one person dead, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown is pleading for a solution to gun violence in the city.

Salt Lake City gun violence

“There have been about 30 robberies, which a firearm was used,” Brown said.

“There have been nearly 60 aggravated assaults with a firearm, and there have been more than 28 drive-by shootings in our city since January 1st,” Brown added. 

Brown said guns are being sold and stolen at an increasing rate and falling into the hands of the wrong people.

“In the last two years, more guns have been sold in this city and across the country than in recent history,” he said. “More guns sold; more guns stolen in burglaries. (And) more guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”

Gun crimes go up in the summer months, according to Brown. To that end, Brown said his department is placing officers in more strategic areas to help crack down on the gun violence.

But as the summer months draw closer, Brown has one request for the public.

“This summer, I have one ask of our community, and that is to help us” he said. “We need everyone in our community to help us prevent further gun violence.”

Brown said reporting potential gun violence or calling in tips can assist the police. He also said that he supports raising the age limit to when an individual can purchase a gun.

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

Read more:

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

Salt Lake City Police responded to five different incidents involving weapons on Monday, Sept. 26, ...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police respond to five different incidents with weapons

Salt Lake City Police responded to five different incidents Monday involving a weapon.
23 hours ago
Aaron Lowe...
Waverly Golden

One year since the passing of Utah football player Aaron Lowe

A year ago, University of Utah defensive back Aaron Lowe was fatally shot in a Sugar House neighborhood following a house party.
23 hours ago
Police SUV...
Amie Schaeffer

Woman dies in SLC shooting, suspect arrested

A shooting in Salt Lake City on Sunday killed a woman. Authorities are looking into the possibility this is a domestic-related homicide.
23 hours ago
SLCPD is currently investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday night. One person is in the hospit...
Devin Oldroyd

One person in critical condition after Sunday night shooting

SLCPD is currently investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday night. One person is in the hospital in critical condition
2 days ago
Anderson was arrested the morning of Sept. 24, 2022, by West Valley Police on felony child sexual a...
Waverly Golden

First grade teacher in Magna arrested on felony child sexual abuse charges

Elk Run Elementary first grade teacher Dale Anderson was arrested this morning on felony child sexual abuse charges.
3 days ago
The Nephi City Police said in a Facebook post that a man was luring children to his vehicle yesterd...
Waverly Golden

Be on lookout for suspicious vehicle in Nephi

The Nephi City Police said in a Facebook post that a man was luring children to his vehicle yesterday afternoon.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown pleads for a solution on gun violence