Phoenix mayor outlines plan to fight gun violence

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has outlined an aggressive plan to combat violence in the city.

During his second State of the City speech Thursday, Stanton vowed to stage what he called the largest gun buyback in Arizona history and double the number of police officers in schools citywide.

Stanton says "violence has no place in our city."

He says the buyback program allows residents to drop off unwanted weapons with no questions asked, every Saturday during the month of May.

The effort is being funded with $100,000 from the non-profit Arizonans for Gun Safety, which received the money from an anonymous donor.

Stanton also says Phoenix needs to continue to create high-wage jobs and balance the city budget without gimmicks.