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HAPCOA Attends ABA National Summit on Firearms Violence

November 21, 2019

(Washington, DC)  The American Bar Association (ABA), Standing Committee on Gun Violence, held an executive summit to address the epidemic of firearms violence in America. This meeting was held on November 19, 2019 at ABA National Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Opening remarks were provided by Judy Perry-Martinez, President of the ABA (2019-2020).  The ABA hosted thought leaders from over 70 professional associations who were specifically invited to attend a daylong event to discuss issues related to firearms violence.  Discussions were lead within roundtable groups who represented legal, medical, education, policy and law enforcement concerns.

Invited professional associations to this summit included (among many others):

American Bar Association (ABA)
American College of Physicians
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
American Prosecuting Attorneys (APA)
The Council of State Governments (CSG)
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
National Bar Association (NBA)
National District Attorney Association (NDAA)
National Education Association (NEA)
National Medial Association (NMA)
The United States Symposium of Mayors

Law enforcement associations invited to attend and support this summit included:

The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
National Association of School Resource Officers
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
National Police Foundation (NPF)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

This summit resulted in a call for continued talks with respect to the invited associations that in total represent over half a million professionals (lawyers, doctors, educator, law enforcement executives and Mayors) who together may offer a unique perspectives from which true solutions may emerge.

Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, represented HAPCOA at this National Summit.

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