How Can Massachusetts Take Action on Gun Violence? (Downtown Progressives)

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Massachusetts has some of the strongest gun laws in the country and, correspondingly, one of the lowest gun death rates. And we should be proud of that. But the question isn’t whether we’re doing better than other states -- it’s whether we’re doing the best that we can. And there, the answer is a clear no.

The Massachusetts Legislature, however, has the opportunity to strengthen our gun laws this session.

H.3610 would create an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), a kind of court order that family members and law enforcement can request to temporarily restrict a person's access to guns because they pose a significant danger to themselves or others. When family members are empowered to act, they can prevent warning signs from turning into a mass shooting or gun suicide. Our neighbors in Connecticut have already passed such a bill into law, and legislation is moving forward in New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine as well. Research has demonstrated that Connecticut’s Extreme Risk law has saved between 38 and 76 suicides.

Join us to hear Angus McQuilken from the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence frame what’s at stake in the ERPO debate underway at the State House. Then organizers from Downtown Progressives will share the quick, practical steps you can take to make sure your legislators know that keeping Massachusetts kids safe will always be a priority for you.

 

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April 30, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Nazzarro Community Center
30 N Bennet St
Boston, MA 02113
United States
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