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Former Gov. Rendell, ABA president, legal experts to discuss the 2nd Amendment and gun violence

Former Gov. Rendell, ABA president, legal experts to discuss the 2nd Amendment and gun violence

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 — The American Bar Association will host an in-depth discussion about current Second Amendment law and other developments in the effort to reduce gun violence at a conference from 1-5 p.m. March 6 at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.) in Philadelphia.

“Taking Aim at Gun Violence: The Myth and Meaning of the Second Amendment,” co-sponsored by the Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia, will feature keynote remarks by former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Managing Director Rich Negrin and ABA President James R. Silkenat.

Panelists will discuss gun violence from the legal, legislative, public health and local Pennsylvania perspectives. Speakers include:

  • Erwin Chemerinsky, constitutional law scholar and law school dean, University of California-Irvine
  • Shira Goodman, executive director, CeaseFirePA
  • Dorothy Johnson-Speight, executive director, Mothers in Charge
  • Julie Leftwich, legal director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Jon Lowy, director, Legal Action Project of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Bryan Miller, executive director, Heeding God’s Call to End Violence
  •  Matthew Miller, associate director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center
  • Kevin Bethel, deputy commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
  • Susan Sorenson, professor of social policy & practice and professor of health & societies, University of Pennsylvania

A question-and-answer session will follow.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Rob Boisseau at or 202-662-1093.

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