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Anti-violence activist Eddie Woods has been pleading with Louisville leaders for years to do something about the saturation of guns and ammunition on the city’s streets.

“We need all the help we can get right now,” said Woods, who leads Pivot 2 Peace, a multi-agency program that aims to interrupt cycles of violence.

On many nights, Woods’ team goes into neighborhoods where teens and young adults are well-armed but sometimes without the proper ammunition. When he approached city leaders a few years ago about drafting an ordinance to better track bullets, Woods said it was frustrating to learn that state law prohibited the city from regulating firearms.

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That’s why Woods hopes city leaders and others put action to words now that a band of Democratic lawmakers has filed state legislation that would make Louisville the only local government in the state that could regulate firearms.

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