Leahy Announces Witnesses For January 30 Hearing On Gun Violence

WASHINGTON (Friday, January 25, 2013) – The Senate Judiciary Committee Friday released a list of witnesses invited to appear at a January 30 Senate hearing focusing on gun violence in America.

Earlier this month, in a speech laying out his priorities for the Committee at Georgetown University Law Center, Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) highlighted the need to examine national gun policies and announced his intention to hold the first congressional hearings on gun violence of the 113th Congress.  The hearing is entitled “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” and will be held on Wednesday, January 30, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

On Friday, Leahy announced the list of witnesses invited by the Committee to testify at the hearing.  Testifying at the hearing will be Captain Mark Kelly, cofounder of Americans for Responsible Solutions; Nicholas Johnson, law professor at Fordham University School of Law; James Johnson, chief of police for Baltimore County, Md.; Gayle Trotter of the Independent Women’s Forum; and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association.

Member statements, witness testimony, and a live webcast will be available online on January 30.

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Witness Information


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Captain Mark Kelly, USN (Ret.), Tucson, Arizona.  Mark Kelly recently cofounded Americans for Responsible Solutions with his wife and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was the victim of gun violence in January 2011.


Nicholas Johnson, New York, New York. Nicholas Johnson is a law professor at Fordham University School of Law.


James Johnson, Baltimore County, Maryland.  Jim Johnson serves as chief of police for Baltimore County, Md., and chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.

Gayle Trotter, Washington, DC.  Gayle Trotter is an attorney and senior fellow of the Independent Women’s Forum.

Wayne LaPierre, Fairfax, Virginia.  Wayne LaPierre is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association.

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