IU McKinney to host symposium on gun law, violence

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The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on Friday will host national gun law and gun violence experts at a symposium exploring state governments’ responses to increasing gun violence across the United States.

Titled “Gun Laws and Gun Violence: State Governments Making a Difference,” the symposium will kick off at 9:30 a.m. EDT with virtual morning speaker Joseph Blocher of the Center of Firearms Law at Duke Law School, followed by Mike McLively of the Giffords Law Center at 10:45 a.m.

Live and in-person sessions will be hosted in the law school’s Wynne Courtroom beginning at 1:10 p.m.

A panel discussion will be held during the afternoon on Indiana’s red flag statute with former U.S. Representative Susan Brooks, Indiana State Police Legal Counsel and Legislative Director Lt. Brad Hoffeditz, and Indianapolis attorney Guy Relford.

Other presentations will include:

  • “Investigating Gun Violence, Trauma, and the Effectiveness of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs” with Dr. Joseph B. Richardson, Jr., professor, University of College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine.
  • A book discussion with John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post staff writer and author of the book “Children Under Fire: An American Crisis.”
  • Presentations by IU McKinney Law and State Government Fellows Chaka Coleman and Katie Whitley on “Gun Rights and Gun Violence: Can Data Disrupt the Status Quo” and “Gun Violence, Community Trauma, and the Law,” respectively.

Two hours of virtual CLE credit will be available, as well as 3.8 hours of in-person credits.

Non-IU McKinney constituents interested in attending the event in person must register online.

Faculty, staff and IU McKinney students must also register online.

Attendance to the webinar is free, but registration is required.

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