Public Services Committee to complete informational hearings on gun violence

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the last special informational hearing of a five-part series on “Curbing Gun Violence” will be held, during the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Public Services Committee meeting. The meeting begins at 11:30 am and will follow regular agenda items. The meeting will be in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Committee Room A, located 1200 Telegraph Road in Pontiac, Michigan and will be webcast live.

Public Services Committee Chairman Bill Dwyer and Commissioner Marcia Gershenson are continuing their bipartisan effort to Examine How Oakland County Citizens Are Protected From Gun Violence. Commissioner Dwyer, who is a former Police Chief and Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, who is a former teacher, have outlined a five-part informational series. The fifth informational hearing will include the individuals panelists, who advocate for gun restrictions and those who oppose gun restrictions to speak on the issue.

The panel includes:

  • Attorney Ryan Berman
  • Oakland County Commissioner John A. Scott
  • Linda Brundage, Million Moms Demand Action

Oakland County Commissioner and former Police Chief, William Dwyer. states,

“As we wrap up the “Curbing Gun Violence” informational hearings, there are many areas where we can start to seek solutions. After listening to school superintendents; top local, state and federal law enforcement representatives; mental health professionals; and concerned citizens, I believe solutions are attainable. The recommendations that we will bring forth for “Curbing Gun Violence,” while thinking outside the box, and looking at all options, such as funding for mental health programs, by the National Rifle Association is something that could be considered. I believe gun owners and non-gun owners have something to contribute to the cause.”

Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, states:

“This panel will not debate the 2nd amendment. We all support the second amendment. This is a discussion to hear from gun owners and activists about what types of guns are available to Oakland County residents and if there should be any regulations. As with all our panels, we look forward to a mutual and respectful sharing of perspectives. Commissioners have learned so much from our panelists and we invite interested parties to join us,”

On May 22, 2013, the findings from the five-part informational hearings will be compiled for a report of recommendations and discussed at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Public Service Committee. The committee will forward the report to the full-Board of Commissioners and on June 13, 2013,the Board will vote on the “Curbing Gun Violence Recommendation Report.” The report will be shared with the Michigan State Legislature in Lansing, Michigan and the general public. Other public awareness initiatives associated with this report will be forthcoming.

All meetings are open to the public and public input is welcome. To watch all webcasts, go to

For more information, call Commissioner Bill Dwyer at 248-417-7500 and Commissioner Marcia Gershenson at 248-808-1032.

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