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Maryland task force on guns taking public comment Thursday

Posted: 6:04 AM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 10:35:41-04
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A county task force in Maryland that is studying ways to reduce gun violence in the wake of the 2018 killing of five employees at a local newspaper is scheduled to hear public comment for the first time.

The Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force is meeting Thursday evening in Annapolis, Maryland.

The meeting comes days after Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman issued a statement about a fake Facebook page that ridiculed task force members.

Pittman says while people have the right to speak freely, his administration "will not sacrifice public safety to appease a small minority of extremists."

The task force has been researching gun violence and suicide involving guns. It is charged with making recommendations about how to reduce gun violence in the county.