Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence to host Oct. 30 forum in Chestertown
BALTIMORE — Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence has announced monthly forums to educate the public on the Extreme Risk Protective Order.
A Kent County forum will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Unitarian Universalist of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown.
According to a news release, Extreme Risk Protective Order is a tool that uses due process and is modeled after the successful Domestic Violence Restraining Order mechanism to get guns away from individuals in crisis, who are dangerous but may not meet the criteria for involuntary hospitalization.
The release states that MPGV’s Educational Fund works to inform the public about many aspects of gun violence prevention. One key factor in advocacy is ensuring individuals are aware of the laws and policies available to them to help prevent gun violence.
This session, MPGV worked with other advocacy organizations and survivors of gun violence to pass the Extreme Risk Protective Order. The release states that MPGV has convened a panel of local law enforcement officials, mental health practitioners, advocates and researchers to educate the community on the importance of this law and how local community members may use it to keep their loved ones safe.
Panelist for the Kent County event are Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker; Cheryl Brooks, gun violence survivor and mental health nurse; Bryan DiGregory, Kent County’s deputy state’s attorney; Yasmin Fletcher, attorney for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; and Shannon Frattoroli of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.