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Gun safety forum in Watertown this Thursday to feature panel discussion moderated by Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 1, 2013 02:50 PM

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A local organization will hold a gun safety and suicide prevention forum in Watertown this week, with a panel discussion led by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, according to Koutoujian's office.

The public forum will be held Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Watertown Library on Main Street.

The meeting is organized by Watertown4GunSafety, a group of Watertown residents. The forum is the second one hosted by the group, and will focus in part on the issue of suicide.

Thursday’s forum will feature presentations from four speakers, and will also include input from local experts on the issue, such as Citizens for Sensible Gun Policy founder and Newton-Wellesley Hospital surgeon Dr. Michael Reinhorn; Lisa Capoccia of the Suicide Resource Prevention Center in Waltham; and Mother on a Mission founder Ann Marie Crowell, whose 12-year- old son Brian was killed Christmas Eve 1997 in an accidental shooting at a friend’s home.

There will also be a panel discussion moderated by Koutoujian, who previously moderated a January panel on gun violence hosted by Citizens for Sensible Gun Policy at Lincoln-Sudbury High School.

“I want to thank Watertown4GunSafety for inviting me to participate in this dialogue,” Koutoujian said in a statement. “I look forward to what I hope and believe will be a productive and educational evening for the residents of Watertown.”

For more information on the event, email Watertown4gunsafety@gmail.com.

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