NYAGV's Leah Barrett discussed federal laws and loopholes pertaining to guns and domestic violence.

NYAGV’s Leah Barrett discussed federal laws and loopholes pertaining to guns and domestic violence.

At John Jay College Monday evening over 150 attendees and representatives of 20 organizations from the domestic violence and gun violence prevention communities came together to discuss the deadly combination of intimate partner violence and guns.

Speakers including John Jay President Jeremy Travers, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Commissioner Rosemonde Pierre-Louis from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Leah Gunn Barrett from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin highlighted the domestic violence and guns problem and outlined solutions both at the state, federal and city level to address it.

For New York State, recommendations included closing loopholes in state law to empower law enforcement to remove guns from those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; and to remove from the homes of abusers deadly firearms not included currently in the State’s definition such as black powder rifles and antique firearms. A panel discussion with community leaders followed the presentations.

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Round table participants included (L-R): Quentin Walcott of CONNECT, Erica Ford of Life Camp, Katie Gentile of John Jay College, Sally McNichol of CONNECT, Marlon Peterson of The Fortune Society, and Juan Ramos of Community Driven Solutions.

Round table participants included (L-R): Quentin Walcott of CONNECT, Erica Ford of Life Camp, Katie Gentile of John Jay College, Sally McNichol of CONNECT, Marlon Peterson of The Fortune Society, and Juan Ramos of Community Driven Solutions.

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