South Bend Common Council passes gun resolution, water rate hike

Published: Mar. 27, 2017 at 11:43 PM EDT
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The South Bend Common Council passed a resolution which would urge state and federal leaders to pass tougher gun laws.

They hope to make it more difficult for people who are mentally ill, violent felons, and domestic abusers to get a gun.

The resolution, however, won't do anything on its own. The council hopes this puts pressure on state and federal legislators to view gun safety as an important discussion.

The city of South Bend also hopes to continue discussions on the local level to find better solutions to gun violence.

On Monday night, the council met to make a decision on the resolution, passing it by a vote of 7-2.

Meantime, the common council did decide to raise water rates in South Bend.

The increase will bump up rates between $3 and $4 a month.

While not everyone's happy with higher rates, proponents of the bill say it's important to keep a healthy water supply.

Mayor Pete also released a statement before the meeting, endorsing the rate raise.

The increase will most likely go into effect next January.