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Also Presents Citation Thanking Dick’s Sporting Goods for Changing Gun and Ammunition Sales Policies
One month after 17 people perished at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz stood with hundreds of students at Towson’s George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology this morning. Students walked out of class to honor victims of that tragic mass shooting and to call for gun safety measures as part of the #NationalStudentWalkout.
Chants of “kids – not victims,” “never again,” and “we want change” reverberated across the school campus as students rallied around the flagpole, joining their peers around the nation in calling for legislators to take action to protect students from gun violence.
“I am very proud to support these bright and engaged students as they exercise their first amendment right to raise their voices to call for common sense gun reform and school safety,” said Kamenetz.
“Today, we’re walking out to express our voice and our opinions on the gun laws in the country of the United States,” said Carver Senior Class President Reginald “Reggie” Morton. “This is not just for Maryland and Baltimore County to hear our voice, but it is also for the country as a whole to hear our voice today to express that we need different laws.”
“Gun safety is one of the most important issues of our times and I am proud of students for standing up and saying, no more,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.
Kamenetz Recognizes Dick’s Sporting Goods for Being Part of the Solution
Later this morning, Kamenetz visited the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Hunt Valley to thank managers for Dick’s decisive action in recently changing their firearms and ammunition sales policies. He presented an Executive Citation to the Hunt Valley store manager and regional representatives in grateful recognition of their recent policy change ending the sale of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines in all stores, and eliminating sales to anyone under 21 years of age of all firearms and ammunition.
“As one of the largest retailers of guns, Dick’s Sporting Goods’ actions will have a significant real-world effect in addressing the gun violence epidemic in our country and helping to protect the safety of our children and residents,” Kamenetz said. “It also sets an excellent example for other retailers and for the legislators whose job it is to protect innocent people form gun violence.”