County Executive Pittman Issues Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in NYSRPA vs. Bruen
Annapolis, MD (June 23, 2022) - Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a New York state law requiring a special permit to carry a handgun outside of the home:
“Gun violence is a national epidemic that causes local pain, suffering, and loss. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court threatens to overturn our state’s common-sense, effective regulations that limit the concealed carrying of guns in public spaces. As we work to prevent gun violence, this decision is likely to increase it.
Since taking office, I have made it a priority to examine and implement local policies to prevent gun violence and death in Anne Arundel County. I created the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and asked its members to recommend solutions we could put in place. You can read the Task Force’s final report here.
Next week, the Gun Violence Intervention Team - created through the Task Force’s recommendations - will issue its Strategic Plan. While this Supreme Court decision is a setback, I will continue to work alongside residents and experts to make our communities safer through common sense gun policies.”