The city of Flint is looking at ways to get illegal guns off the streets, either by seizing them or buying them.
Flint officials say the city has seen a 17% increase in violent crime this year over last year, including an increase in murders.
For Mayor Sheldon Neeley, the violence is close to home.
“There have been a few shootings on my street where I live,” Neeley told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s no fun not being able to sit out on my deck and worry about what might happen in my neighborhood.”