Thursday, July 13, 2017
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that he has joined public officials seeking answers from gun manufacturers “to questions about their distribution practices, safety technologies, and cooperation with law enforcement.”
Marpe said he added his name to the Request for Information initiative sponsored by Do Not Stand Idly By following conversations with Police Chief Foti Koskinas.
The first selectman’s latest effort follows his recent pledge to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
“I determined that this request for gun manufacturers to do their utmost to insure gun safety is an important step towards safer gun ownership in the Town of Westport and beyond,’ Marpe said, adding that he was impressed with the nonpartisan nature of the campaign.
Request for Information’s three-pronged approach includes: encouraging firearms manufacturers to make firearms safety a top priority; for manufacturers to develop purchasing practices that achieve the maximum public safety benefits from taxpayer dollars spent on firearms; and evaluating safer firearms technologies as they become available.
Marpe said that by signing on, Westport joins nine other Connecticut municipalities, as well as the State of Connecticut and law enforcement leaders to support an initiative to form a Gun Buyers’ Research Group seeking and encouraging “dialogue with key players in the gun industry and identifying best practices in the industry.”
“Both of these programs, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Request For Information initiative, bring responsible gun ownership and gun safety measures into the forefront of public discussion,” Marpe said.
“It is vital that the Town of Westport remains vigilant, supports our public safety officials, and maintains an open dialogue that increases awareness of this important issue.”
Saying the Westport Police Department “heartily endorses this campaign,” Koskinas said local law enforcement agencies “have an obligation to engage companies and agencies to make public safety a priority.”
“We support programs that address fundamental components of responsible gun manufacturing practices and ownership,” Koskinas said.
Westport residents interested in further information can visit http://donotstandidlyby.org/
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