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Updated at 12:40 p.m. with comments from Page and details about measures proposed in the Legislature.

ST. LOUIS — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and other regional, state and federal officials are expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss ways to work together on addressing violence.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at City Hall from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will be closed to the public, but Parson said he would take questions from news media after.

Parson said Thursday he would send the Missouri Highway Patrol to help police the city in the wake of an especially violent summer but would not commit to gun control measures, despite pleas from city leaders and clergy. He promised to find funding for social programs that address gun violence but left gun control measures in the hands of the Legislature.

Page has recently been vocal about the county taking a more active role in policing, particularly on mass transit. In a recent tweet, he wrote that “our future is being killed one child at a time” and that crime in St. Louis had an impact in the county. “It’s far past time to do something and we’re ready to help.”

What that help might look like could be more clear later Tuesday.

Asked after Tuesday's County Council meeting what type of help the county has offered to provide, Page said, "I won't characterize it until I've met with the mayor and the governor, and I want to let the process work and have this conversation privately before we do it publicly."

St. Louis has seen a violent year with at least 139 murders through Saturday, including 12 victims age 17 and under. Most of the victims were killed with guns.

The city has asked for Highway Patrol to help on the interstates, and Parson has said he would look for state funding for law enforcement tools such as the ShotSpotter system — a gunshot detection sensor — and security cameras.

Also Tuesday, Democrats in the Missouri House introduced 16 measures they said would help ease gun violence, ranging from a ban on assault weapons sales for people younger than 21 to a "red flag" law that would allow courts to temporarily confiscate firearms from people at risk of harming themselves or others. Another proposal, which Krewson has asked Parson to support, would allow cities such as St. Louis to require concealed carry permits.

Democrats introduced the measures during a special legislative session dealing with a car sales tax issue. The gun bills stand little chance of passing, but Democrats proposed bills as a way to draw contrast with Republicans, who control both legislative chambers and the governor's office.

"I don’t understand why something that can be handled in January session is being brought up as a special session right now," Rep. Deb Lavender, D-Kirkwood, said of the car sales issue.

She said gun violence and glitches affecting the state's Medicaid re-enrollment system should be top of mind.

"How those topics, those issues, don't rise to the top is just dumbfounding," she said.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in June individuals and businesses could not use the trade-in value of multiple vehicles to reduce sales tax owed on a new vehicle. Parson wants to clarify state law to allow multiple trade-in credits. Republicans on Monday defended the special session, saying the Department of Revenue and consumers needed clarity.

Jeremy Kohler • 314-340-8337

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