Murder Sparks Effort for Stiffer Security at Convenience Stores

KANSAS CITY -- The murder of a 7-Eleven convenience store clerk at a store in South Kansas City has sparked a signature drive to change a state law dealing with convenience store safety.

The family of Tony Singh, a 35-year-old father of two who was shot to death March 17 during a holdup of the 7-Eleven on Banister Road, has spearheaded a petition drive to gather 100,000 signatures in support of what they are calling the "Tony Singh Bill," a measure to improve safety at gas stations and convenience stores.

The bill proposes that no one would be allowed to work in a convenience store alone past 10 p.m., bullet proof security glass would be required around cashier station, requires the installation of "panic" buttons to notify police in case of a robbery, and mandates that a security guard be present at the store. If the criteria are not met, the store would not be allowed to stay open past 10 p.m.

After meeting with the family, Mayor Mark Funkhouser has pledged his support and to creating "a safe community for the retail and small businesses."
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