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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Hamden Joins the Gun Safety Consortium

Hamden Joins the Gun Safety Consortium, 
Leng Stands with U.S. Conference of Mayors in Support
of Enhanced Background Checks
Hamden, CT - Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is proud to take a stand against gun violence and for the promotion of overall gun safety within our communities and across the Nation. In these efforts, Hamden has recently become a new member of the Gun Safety Consortium, an organization that brings together municipalities, counties, states and public-sector agencies to advance the cause of gun safety using their combined purchasing power, expertise and research. The Consortium is currently conducting a request for proposal on behalf of its membership to identify and procure firearm safety devices and related products that will strengthen efforts to protect law enforcement, their families and the general public; while also reducing instances of firearm theft, accidental discharges, and general firearm security. 
    A new organization, the initial focus of the Gun Safety Consortium is to “encourage the development of technologies and products that will help gun owners secure their firearms, as well as products than can help law enforcement investigate and prevent gun-related crimes.” Hamden now joins a number of other Connecticut municipalities as a member of the Gun Safety Consortium, including Harford, New Haven, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Milford. Commenting on Hamden’s membership, Mayor Leng said, “It’s important we take the first steps into new discussions and conversations about gun safety. I’m proud to join with our neighboring Connecticut communities of New Haven and Bridgeport to address these topics, and to offer solutions and resources to the constituents in our State and hometowns. Proper gun safety and the reduction of gun violence is not unique to just one community, its profoundly important for every community.”
           In addition to joining the Gun Safety Consortium, Mayor Leng has sought to actively support the passage of more comprehensive gun control safety and anti-violence legislation across the Nation. Earlier in April of 2021, prior to joining the Gun Safety Consortium, Mayor Leng offered his signature to the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s in support of a petition to the United States Senate for the passage of H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446; two bills which if passed into law by the Senate would revise and enhance the “background checks” required when purchasing, transferring, or exchanging firearms under certain applicable conditions. 
           Commenting, Mayor Leng said, “It's common sense reform for a common sense issue. Let’s do everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. Strict, responsible transparency is the correct way to honor and support our 2nd Amendment rights, while also ensuring the safety of our neighborhoods and mitigating the disastrous consequences of un-checked gun-violence in our communities. Hamden is not backing down from this issue, and we will remain a voice on the local, State and National stage in support of common sense gun safety reforms.” 
For further questions, please contact the Office of the Mayor at 203-287-7100.