Gun Violence Prevention Expert to Join Del. Norton to Discuss Legislation’s Potential Negative Impact on Gun Safety in D.C.

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July 17, 2014
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TODAY: Gun Violence Prevention Expert to Join Del. Norton to Discuss Legislation’s Potential Negative Impact on Gun Safety in D.C.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence head slams Massie amendment

WASHINGTON – Executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Josh Horwitz, will join Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) this morning at a gathering to discuss Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-Ky.) amendment passed yesterday in the House that would prevent the District of Columbia from enforcing current gun laws supported by law enforcement and residents, including gun owners. The amendment was passed as part of the House Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill (which includes District of Columbia appropriations provisions).Details on today’s event, open to the public and the press, are below:

WHAT:

Discussion of the negative impact the Massie Amendment would have on gun violence prevention efforts in the District of Columbia

WHEN:

TODAY – Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Cannon House Office Building, Room 421, Washington, D.C.

WHO:

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Alfred Durham
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz
D.C. Vote

Yesterday, when the amendment was passed, Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, released the following statement, noting the mess that Massie has left in his wake as he tried to force his personal values on the will of District of Columbia residents:

“Today’s House vote to support the Massie amendment was a vote to wreak havoc with public safety in the District of Columbia and create massive uncertainty for local law enforcement and District residents, including local gun owners. It is incomprehensible that a first-term representative from Kentucky – a state with more gun deaths than the District – thinks he can come into the District to force his values on a community about which he knows nothing.

The amendment that just passed the House would allow more domestic abusers to obtain firearms, reduce protections for children against accidental shootings, revoke the training requirement for firearm purchasers and prevent lawful gun owners from, among other things, participating in recreational activities such as target shooting.

It’s now up to the Senate to stop this madness.”


The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

 

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