GBC statement on the Baltimore City Council vote approving illegal handgun legislation

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For RELEASE:  September 11, 2017

Statement from the Greater Baltimore Committee on the Baltimore City Council Vote Approving Illegal Handgun Legislation

Below is a statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the vote today by the Baltimore City Council to approve legislation to strengthen penalties for illegal handgun possession.

“The City Council’s passage of this legislation is to be applauded as a proactive step to stem the gun violence occurring daily in the city and improve public safety. Illegal handgun possession is resulting in too many acts of violence and simply cannot be tolerated in Baltimore. This new law gives police and prosecutors another tool so they can move forward with the urgency needed to get the gun violence under control.

The Greater Baltimore Committee now looks forward to working with the City Council, the Mayor and the City State’s Attorney to develop additional initiatives to address the violence and to work with state leaders as an engaged partner on measures they can take to assist the city on this top priority.”

The GBC considers public safety the top priority for Baltimore and its elected officials. In addition, the GBC has formed a task force co-chaired by two members of its Board of Directors. It is working to develop a set of solid recommendations to help address violent crime in Baltimore.


The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC has approximately 500 member organizations, which include small businesses, mid-size companies, nonprofits and the largest corporations in the Greater Baltimore region.

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