Attorney General's Forum on Gun Violence Emphasizes Solutions
Law enforcement, prosecutors, legal community, and civic leaders examined impactful, common sense solutions for Maryland
Baltimore, MD ( Feb. 4, 2013) - Police, prosecutors, legal scholars, and civic leaders from across Maryland convened today for Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's Forum on Gun Violence to discuss and analyze several practical options for helping law enforcement reduce gun violence and keep illegal guns away from criminals and others who would kill or injure. As Maryland's top law enforcement official, Attorney General Gansler is working with colleagues with deep experience preventing and prosecuting gun crime to identify and remove barriers to effective gun violence reduction.
"This is an 'all hands on deck' moment," said Attorney General Gansler. "From the tragedy in Newtown to the all-too-frequent tragic gun violence in Maryland, we see that more must be done to curb the damage done by illegal guns and keep guns away from those who shouldn't have them. Now is the time to work together to give police and prosecutors the practical tools they need to reduce gun violence as part of Maryland's broader effort to make its cities and neighborhoods safer."
The Attorney General's Forum on Gun Violence - A Conversation Among Law Enforcement and Community Leaders to Consider Practical Solutions featured two panel discussions that analyzed the nature of gun violence in Maryland and examined ways to help law enforcement and prosecutors tackle the issue from multiple directions. Many of the ideas discussed are currently under consideration by the Maryland General Assembly. Nearly 40 bills from all sides of the gun debate have been introduced to date.
The forum was held at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Westminster Hall. Included among the speakers and panelists were Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, Maryland State Police Commander for Gun Enforcement Lt. Tim Frye, Baltimore City Police Intelligence Unit Commander Major Dan Lioi, and Sgt. Kenny Berger, head of the Firearms Investigations Unit for Montgomery County Police represented the law enforcement community.
Scholars from Maryland universities and law schools included University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich and University of Maryland School of Law Professor Richard Boldt. Elected and civic leaders included Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, Baltimore pastor Rev. Lena Dennis and the President of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, Vinnie Demarco.
More photos of the Forum can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marylandoag/sets/72157632686197303/
Video of the Opening Speakers: http://youtu.be/xQjIk9kDE30
Video of the Solutions Panel: http://youtu.be/SUKQoP36R90