Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), chairman of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force will hold a “field hearing” in Hartford next week, hosted by Rep. John Larson.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, State Rep. Stephen Dargan, Hartford Schools Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto, and Hartford Police Chief James Rovella are among the state and local officials slated to attend. The hearing will hear testimony from four panels of experts on gun violence reduction, urban and gang violence, mental health interventions, and school safety. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 10 at the Hartford Public High School Law & Government Academy.
The event reflects efforts on the part of gun control advocates to revive momentum following the Senate’s failure to pass a background check expansion, introduced as an amendment to a Senate gun bill. The bill was tabled after the amendment failed, but Larson has introduced legislation in the house identical to the bipartisan background check agreement.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, whose district includes Newtown, is a member of the task force. Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson testified at a hearing the task force held in Washington earlier this year.