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On December 16, 2014, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence convened a forum in Chicago, Illinois. More than 75 Illinois residents attended. Forum participants were educated about the recommendations of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a group of mental health and public safety professionals organized by the Ed Fund.
The forum provided an opportunity for policy makers, law enforcement officials, mental health providers, medical professionals, and concerned citizens to discuss evidence-based policies for Illinois as presented in a new report by the Ed Fund. In particular, participants focused on the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) policy that was recently enacted into law in California.
Members of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearms Policy (including Ed Fund executive director Josh Horwitz; Jeffrey Swanson of Duke University School of Medicine; Beth McGinty of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Amy Barnhorst of University of California, Davis) presented evidence from their report, “Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy.”
Esteemed local experts, including Colleen Daley of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence; Nina Vinik of the Joyce Foundation; Marie Crandall of Northwestern University Feinberg’s School of Medicine; and Cara Smith of the Cook County Department of Corrections discussed the implications of, and prospects for, a GVRO policy in Illinois.
Listen to Josh Horwitz provide more background on the forum on Chicago’s local NPR station, WBEZ’s Morning Shift.