2022 General Assembly Wrap-Up

June 8

The 2022 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session was a mixture of in-person and virtual hearings depending on when the hearing took place and which chamber was acting. Important questions about legislative accessibility are being asked and MPGV strongly believes that more attention should be devoted to these matters before the start of 2023. Gun violence [...]

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2021 General Assembly Wrap-Up

May 15

The 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session has come to a close in a tumultuous and unusual year. Session took place during a highly restrictive environment in the midst of a global pandemic. Maryland is celebrating being the first state to take decisive action on police reform and foundations have been strengthened in many other critical [...]

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Legislative Priorities 2021

January 23

2021 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Priorities Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence (MPGV) continues its commitment to advancing evidence-based policies to reduce gun violence in Maryland by strengthening Maryland’s background check and licensing system, and defending the integrity of Maryland’s firearm laws. During the 2021 session, MPGV will introduce and support bills that address loopholes in […]

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Statement on reaching 300 homicides in Baltimore

November 23

This morning Baltimore City reached a tragic milestone for the 6th year in a row: 300 homicides. The vast majority of those murders, 270 of them, were committed with guns. Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence remains committed to creating a more just and equitable society where reaching the 300th murder each year becomes the exception […]

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Pediatric Child Access Prevention

October 13

Nationwide, firearms are the #1 leading cause of death in Black children and youth. Firearms are the #2 leading cause of death in ALL children and youth. Safe storage of firearms and stronger laws reduce deaths from homicides, suicides and unintentional injuries. Pediatric Child Access Prevention Project Team Linda McKibben MD MPH DrPH FAAP FACPM, […]

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Make a Plan to Vote

September 3

What is the most important thing you can do in the next 60 days? Vote! It has never been more critical that we embrace our civic responsibility to vote by taking the steps necessary to make that a possibility. From the local level to the federal, vote for candidates who support gun violence prevention efforts. […]

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Statement on Investment Alternatives to Policing to Save Lives from Violence

June 12

The Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition stands with those protesting across the country against the long-standing history of black lives being disproportionately impacted by police violence and community violence in America. The Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition is composed of more than 50 community members including activists, social service providers, healthcare practitioners, survivors of gun violence, policy […]

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Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Responds to Governor Hogan’s Veto of Senate Bill 708

May 7

Baltimore, MD  (May 7, 2020) – The Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition is deeply disappointed by Governor Hogan’s decision to veto Senate Bill 708, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill modestly funds community-based violence reduction strategies like Baltimore’s Safe Streets program, ROCA and Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs). These are essential programs during ordinary times, […]

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Re: Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs (VIPP) Funding

May 5

Download PDF here. May 5, 2020 The Honorable Lawrence J. Hogan Governor State of Maryland State House Annapolis, MD 21401 Re: Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs (VIPP) Funding Governor Hogan, Thank you for your strong leadership in response to the COVID-19 crisis in our state. We appreciate your actions to prevent the spread of the […]

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COVID-19 is not an equalizer.

May 1

Elizabeth Banach: COVID-19 in the suburbs As a white woman, I have always been acutely aware that I live a privileged life. Perhaps that privilege is most clear in the fact that I have never feared for my children’s lives. I never worried about sending my children out to play in our neighborhood or to […]

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