FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2021
Tom Fazzini, West End Strategy Team
Maryland Delegate J. Sandy Bartlett Joins Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Board of Directors
WASHINGTON — As the nation continues to confront its deadly epidemic of gun violence, a Maryland State Delegate dedicated to reducing gun violence in all its forms has joined the board of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. Delegate J. Sandy Bartlett brings her commitment to public service, experience as a state legislator, and support for evidence-based gun violence prevention laws to her new position advising CSGV’s efforts to make gun violence rare and abnormal.
“Whether it’s mass shootings, the consistent drumbeat of community violence, or the tragic toll of gun suicides, we see with shocking regularity the pain and loss of gun violence in Maryland and across our country,” said Delegate Bartlett. “The statistics we read about in the newspaper are not just statistics — they’re people’s lives. I have joined the board of CSGV because I believe we must work for a world where gun violence is rare, where young Marylanders don’t have to live in fear as they endure active shooter drills, where our communities are not torn apart by guns, and where people in crisis can get the help and care they need.”
CSGV Executive Director Josh Horwitz said, “We are honored to have Delegate Bartlett join the board of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which has a long history of developing solutions to the gun violence epidemic and pushing to get those solutions enacted. Delegate Bartlett brings valued state-level legislative experience to CSGV at a time when there is so much exciting work happening in state legislatures to enact innovative gun violence prevention policies that save lives. Delegate Bartlett brings an important perspective to our work and shares our deep commitment to ensuring an end to the American epidemic of gun violence.”
During her campaign in 2018, Delegate Bartlett’s opponent raffled off rifles to raise campaign funds, inadvertently bringing attention to the loopholes in background check laws that did not require such checks for buyers of long guns in private sales. Once in office, Delegate Bartlett signed on to a bill to close this loophole. When Maryland Governor Hogan vetoed the bill, Delegate Bartlett joined the successful veto override vote, and the policy is now law. Delegate Bartlett is also a supporter of HB200, which aims to prevent unsupervised minors from accessing a firearm. The bill is known as Jaelynn’s Law, named after 16-year-old Jaelynn Rose Willey who was shot and killed by a fellow student who brought his father’s gun to school.
Delegate Bartlett was sworn into the Maryland House of Delegates in 2019 representing District 32 in Anne Arundel County. Despite being in her first term as a legislator, Delegate Bartlett was appointed a deputy majority whip and unanimously elected chair of the Anne Arundel County delegation. She is the only freshman member appointed to and serving on the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. Delegate Bartlett is also a member of the Judiciary Committee (Public Safety and Family/Juvenile Subcommittees), and the Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Biotechnology. She made substantial contributions as a member of the Work Group to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors from 2019-2020.
Delegate Bartlett is an active member of several legislative caucuses — the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, the Maryland Legislative Transit Caucus, and the Women Legislators of Maryland, and she is an associate member of the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus.
Delegate Bartlett has served on the Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which is charged with researching and compiling data on crimes and suicide involving guns, and recommending actions to help reduce gun violence in the county. She was also the committee co-chair of the Surviving Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Committee on the Office of the Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, and currently serves on the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee.
Delegate Bartlett holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her first career was as a paralegal. She completed the University of San Diego’s American Bar Association-accredited Lawyer’s Assistant program, with honors, and then went on to receive her J.D. from The Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland Bar and the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and is a practicing attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Anne Arundel Community College.
Delegate Bartlett was born in Washington, D.C., and is the youngest and only girl of five brothers. She is married, the mother of two adult children and a grandmother of one grandchild.
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.