County Executive Pittman Issues Statement on the United States District Court’s Decision in MSI, et al. vs. Anne Arundel County

Annapolis, MD (March 23, 2022) - Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman issued the following statement on the United States District Court’s decision in favor of an Anne Arundel County law established by Bill 108-21, imposing a requirement on gun dealers for the distribution of suicide prevention and conflict resolution literature.

“The District Court’s decision ensures our residents have access to valuable suicide prevention and conflict resolution information when they purchase firearms.

Gun violence continues to plague our country and our communities. While the political debate in Washington continues, Anne Arundel County and our Gun Violence Intervention Team will continue implementing common-sense solutions that save lives.

I want to thank Everytown Law and our Office of Law’s legal team for their work on this case, the first of its kind in the country, which could pave the way for other jurisdictions to implement similar legislation. I also want to thank Councilwoman Lisa Rodvien for introducing Bill 108-21, the County Council for their unanimous support, and our Department of Health’s Gun Violence Intervention Team for working to end violence through the exploration of data, good policy, and strong partnerships.”