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Legislative forum focuses on gun safety

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On January 19, 2016

Safe Silver Spring’s annual legislative forum is today at 7 p.m. in the Silver Spring Civic Center’s Spring Room. The meeting is focusing on gun safety legislative proposals,  including those dealing with domestic violence, police body cameras and sexual trafficking. Other public safety measures and criminal justice reforms will also be considered by the Maryland General Assembly and Montgomery County Council.

A key finding on guns and domestic violence is that if there is a gun in a home where there has been domestic violence, the woman’s risk of being killed increases 500 percent.

This meeting is sponsored by Councilmember Marc Elrich, the chair of the County Council Public Safety Committee, County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, Safe Silver Spring and Court Watch Montgomery.

Key speakers include Council members Marc Elrich and Tom Hucker, Sen. Jamie Raskin, members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Delegate Kathleen Dumais, members of the House Judiciary Committee and members of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence.

The forum will advise Safe Silver Spring on which legislation and policy measures to support in the upcoming year. We have successfully supported legislation in previous years, such as the gun safety bills enacted in 2013 by the Maryland Assembly.

Cosponsors of the meeting are: Prezco (President’s Council of Silver Spring Civic Associations), Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, Renter’s Alliance, Pyramid Atlantic, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, Montgomery County Young Democrats, and the Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club.

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