The Greater Baltimore Committee continues to monitor and be involved in efforts to develop solutions to stem gun violence and violent crime in Baltimore City, including supporting proposed legislation to increase penalties for illegal gun possession and use in the city.
On August 14 the Baltimore City Council voted 8-7 to give its preliminary approval to an amended version of the bill. The council is expected to take a third and final vote on the bill at the September 11 council meeting. The GBC will monitor this important council decision and keep members informed.
In addition, the GBC has conducted an analysis of separate crime reduction plans recently issued by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and City Councilman Brandon Scott. The GBC plans to submit comments on each of the plans to elected officials and will keep GBC members advised of the GBC’s view of the proposals.
Meanwhile, the GBC’s Task Force on Public Safety has continued to meet during the summer months and expects to provide the GBC Board of Directors in early fall with a set of recommendations to help address violent crime in the city. Once the Board of Directors has approved the recommendations, the GBC will provide them to city leaders for discussion and consideration. The GBC will keep members informed about the recommendations through this newsletter and other communication channels.