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King County Survivors Of Gun Violence, Mayor Frisinger, And Local Advocates To Call On Lawmakers To Support Common-Sense Background Checks

August 26, 2013

Roundtable Discussion to Focus on Importance of Sensible Gun Safety Measures in Fight To Reduce Gun Violence; 79 Percent of Washingtonians Support Life-Saving Background Checks


ISSAQUAH, Wash., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A survivor of the Seattle Jewish Federation shooting in 2006 and a father whose son was killed by gun violence will join with Mayor Frisinger and local gun violence prevention advocates for a roundtable discussion in Issaquah on Tuesday aimed at finding gun safety solutions to keep communities safe. Participants at the roundtable will discuss the toll of gun violence on families and measures to keep guns out of dangerous hands, including the expansion of background checks to private sales. Polling shows 79 percent of Washingtonians support comprehensive background checks.

It remains far too easy for criminals, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill – people who know they can’t pass a background check – to skirt the law and obtain guns by purchasing them online or at gun shows, where background checks are not required under federal law. Participants will urge lawmakers to close these dangerous loopholes by supporting bipartisan background check legislation in both chambers of Congress.

King County Survivors of Gun Violence, Mayor Frisinger, and Local Advocates Gather for Roundtable Discussion Aimed at Finding Gun Safety Solutions

Cheryl Stumbo, Survivor of the Seattle Jewish Federation Shooting
Fred Nystrom, Father of Gun Violence Victim
Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Aunt of Gun Violence Victim
Local Gun Violence Prevention Advocates

Tuesday, August 27th, 11:00 AM

Issaquah City Hall (Mayor’s Office, 2(nd) Floor)
130 East Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 1,000 mayors from across the country. Mayors Against Illegal Guns also has more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters nationwide, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation’s mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

Jack Warner: jwarner@maig.org or 646-324-8246

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