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State lawmaker calls for gun violence prevention task force

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 27, 2012 3:05 PM

(Harrisburg) — A Pennsylvania state senator is seeking Senate support to create a gun violence prevention task force in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

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A memorandum issued Thursday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf said his proposed resolution would allow the task force experts to examine issues surrounding gun violence. Those include proposals to strengthen firearms regulations, mental health laws and efforts to fight bullying.

Greenleaf says appointing a task force makes sense because gun violence prevention is a multipronged issue. The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 20 students and six school professionals dead.

Greenleaf says the task force will be asked to report recommendations to the Legislature in a matter of months so they can be considered in 2013.

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