Today: Council Judiciary and Public Safety Committee to Hold Roundtable on Gun Violence Strategic Reduction Plan with National and Local Leaders

Today, Thursday, December 15 at 9:30 am, DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will hold a public roundtable to examine implementation of the Gun Violence Strategic Reduction Plan, which was released earlier this year after being commissioned by the District’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Today’s roundtable comes as the District continues to grapple with unacceptable levels of gun violence and the harm that comes from gun use. The use of firearms across all violent crimes has almost doubled in a little over 10 years, from just 28% in 2011 to 58% in 2022. These levels of violence, fueled by the proliferation of firearms, among other factors, represent a public health crisis - a position shared by both the Council and Executive.

The report is available here:

  • Where: Virtual, Streamed on Council Website and Councilmember Allen’s Facebook Page
  • What: Public Roundtable on PR24-1084, the “Sense of the Council on the Adoption and Implementation of the Gun Violence Reduction Strategic Plan Resolution of 2022”
  • When: Thursday, December 15 at 9:30 am.
    • Note: Immediately before the roundtable, the Committee will meet for an unrelated mark-up session, which will be broadcast separately.
  • Who: Full agenda attached. Witnesses include:
    • David Muhammad, Executive Director of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, and author of the Gun Violence Reduction Strategic Plan,
    • Thomas Abt, Founding Director, Center for the Study and Practice of Violence Reduction, University of Maryland
    • Kevin Donahue, City Administrator & Acting Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
    • Linda Harllee Harper, Director, Office of Gun Violence Prevention
    • Delano Hunter, Interim Director, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
    • Seema Gajwani, Special Counsel for Juvenile Justice Reform & Chief, Restorative Justice Section, Office of the Attorney General
    • Kristy Love, Interim Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
    • And a number of local organizations working to prevent gun violence in the District.


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