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MEDIA ADVISORY: Gun Policy Summit Webcast Today

Among today’s highlights: Mayor Bloomberg; experts discussing assault weapons ban, universal background checks, gun violence and the seriously mentally ill, and personalized “smart” guns

January 14, 2013

To: Reporters, editors, producers; assignment desks

From: Dennis O’Shea or Tracey Reeves, university communications, 443-287-9960
[Mobile: O’Shea 410-499-7460; Reeves 443-986-4053]

Tim Parsons or Natalie Wood-Wright, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 410-955-6878
[Mobile: Parsons 443-527-8051; Wood-Wright 443-703-8851]

Alicia Samuels, Center for Gun Policy and Research [Mobile: 914-720-4635]          

The Johns Hopkins-sponsored Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America convenes today [Monday, Jan. 14] and is available by webcast today and tomorrow for reporters wishing to cover it remotely.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, delivers opening remarks at about 9:15 a.m., introduced by Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md. Also today…

Preventing gun violence involving the seriously mentally ill
Jeffrey Swanson
, Duke University, 10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m. EST

Keeping guns from criminals: The role of universal background checks and other forms of firearm seller accountability
Daniel Webster
, Johns Hopkins University, 1:50 p.m.–2:10 p.m. EST

America’s experience with the federal assault weapons ban, 1994–2004: Key findings and implications
Christopher S. Koper
, George Mason University, 3:55 p.m.–4:15 p.m. EST

Personalized guns: Using technology to save lives
Stephen P. Teret
, Johns Hopkins University, 4:15 p.m.–4:35 p.m.

TODAY’S COMPLETE SCHEDULE AND PRESENTER BIOS

BACKGROUND: The Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysisis bringing together leading gun policy researchers from around the nation to share their latest findings. After a day and a half of presentations, they will meet together Tuesday afternoon to recommend specific federal gun policy action, informed by research, that would reduce violence, that have public support and that would not violate constitutional rights.

POST-SUMMIT NEWS CONFERENCE: The experts’ consensus recommendations for federal gun policy will be announced at a post-summit news conference at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. The news conference also will be webcast here. Reporters covering the news conference by webcast may submit questions at this address: gunsum13@jhsph.edu.

SOCIAL MEDIA: The Twitter hashtag for the summit is #jhugunpolicy. You are invited to join the discussion.

SUMMIT PROCEEDINGS TO BE PUBLISHED: The papers presented at the summit and the final recommendations will be published in about two weeks in a book, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by summit co-chairs Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The book will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. You may order copies now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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