MEDIA ADVISORY: MAYOR WALSH TO JOIN MAYOR JORGE ELORZA AT NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL GUN VIOLENCE SUMMIT 

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BOSTON – Monday, April 4, 2016 – On Wednesday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will join Mayor Jorge O. Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island, to convene New England Mayors, Police Chiefs and policy staff to continue the discussion around specific ideas and actions that can be taken to address gun violence and gun safety across the region. The Providence summit will serve as a follow up to the summit hosted by Mayor Walsh in November 2015 in Boston.
Representatives from several dozen cities and towns in New England will come together to share ideas and policies on gun violence reduction in an effort to establish an on-going regional dialogue among cities. Leaders will also explore avenues to bring additional resources to the region to support this collaborative effort. As law enforcement agencies around the region increasingly recover second-hand firearms associated with crimes, the summit will further the regional dialogue regarding illegal firearm use and trafficking within New England. 
Speakers at the summit include Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New England Field Division Special Agent in Charge Daniel Kumor, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, District of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.
Regional and national policy experts will discuss information sharing, local, state and regional advocacy and law enforcement best practices aimed at stemming the diversion of firearms into the hands of criminals and prohibited purchasers.

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