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Gun Violence Focus of Meeting at Newtown High

Organized by Newtown Action Alliance, a public meeting on Feb. 19 will be attended by members of the state's Bi-Partisan Task Force on Gun Violence, School Security and Mental Health.



Exactly what direction might Connecticut's gun laws be heading? 

A Town Hall meeting hosted by Newtown Action Alliance is designed to give residents some insight into that question and others related to gun violence and possible legislative action in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School.

As its name implies, Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots group with origins in the town that was home to the Dec. 14 tragedy that claimed the life of 20 first graders and six educators. The group says its membership now spans the nation.

As part of its effort to facilitate meaningful legislative and cultural changes to reduce gun violence both locally and nationally, the NAA has organized a Town Hall Meeting that will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall, 12 Berkshire Road.

Slated to participate in the meeting are state Sen. John McKinney, (R-28) and state Reps. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), Dan Carter (R-2) and Lonnie Reed (D-102). All Connecticut residents are encouraged to attend, the NAA says.

“As a member the Newtown Action Alliance, I am asked quite often about the Bi-Partisan Task Force and what they are doing,” said Po Murray. “In the wake of Sandy Hook, I also wonder about the task force and I am grateful these officials are willing to help us understand what legislation may be in development and how the legislative process works. This will be a great opportunity for all Connecticut residents to ask questions and discuss the critical issue of gun violence.”

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The Bi-Partisan Task Force

Created in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook School, the task force is charged with coming up with legislative proposals relating to gun violence, mental health and school security. It has held a series of hearings, including one in Newtown, and is expected to have a series of recommendations in place by the middle of March.

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