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As murder rate rises, Atlanta aims to get guns off streets

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ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta leaders say they're stepping up efforts this summer to battle violent crime and murders, which are on the rise this year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/295jxZ5) that there had been 57 homicides in Atlanta as of Wednesday, compared to 44 by the same time last year.

That means Atlanta's homicide total could approach or eclipse 100 by the end of 2016.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city has never recorded 100 homicides in any year during his tenure as the city's mayor.

Reed recently unveiled details of the city's "Summer Operation Action Plan," which involves efforts to take guns off Atlanta's streets and target violent crime in in 33 neighborhoods.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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