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In Newtown aftermath, Natick officials to hold violence prevention forum on Thursday

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 18, 2012 01:10 PM

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Natick officials will hold a public safety forum this week in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. shooting to provide residents with information on gun laws and safety regulations.

The forum, which will center on violence prevention, will take place Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Morse Institute Library, located at 14 East Central St. The meeting will be in the Lebowitz Meeting Room in the library's lower level.

The event will feature the following speakers:

  • James Hicks, Natick police chief, on local laws, regulations and enforcement
  • State Rep. David Linsky, on state and federal laws about gun licensing and ownership
  • David Margil, Natick School Committee chair, on school policies around safety and violence
  • Dr. Chris Gordon, medical director and senior vice president at Advocates Inc., on access to mental health services

"Natick residents may have concerns and questions about the availability of firearms; town and school policies; federal, state and local firearms regulations; and mental health services for individuals and families," said Peter Sanchioni, Natick's schools superintendent, in an email he sent out Tuesday about the forum.

The event will also be broadcasted on Natick Pegasus, the local network channel.

For more information, visit www.natickps.org or contact the superintendent's office.

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