SOURCE: ROOT (Reaching Out To Others Together)

May 29, 2007 11:40 ET

Senator Spencer Coggs of Milwaukee, WI Invites Kenneth E. Barnes, Sr., MS, Founder/CEO of ROOT (Reaching Out to Others Together) Inc. to Address Wisconsin State Legislature on the Responsible Gun

Ownership Bill

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - May 29, 2007) -

WHO: Senator Spencer Coggs (Milwaukee, WI), Mayor Tom Barrett (City of Milwaukee), Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Medical College of Wisconsin), Debra Fifer, Marna Winbush, and Beverly Anderson (Mothers Against Gun Violence), Kenneth E. Barnes, Sr., MS, Founder/CEO, and Dr. Christopher Thompson, Board member, Boston, MA MPD (ROOT, Inc. headquartered in Washington, DC).

WHAT: Mr. Barnes of ROOT is invited by Senator Spencer Coggs of Wisconsin and Debra Fifer, Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Million Mom March, to offer expert testimony at an open hearing regarding Senate Bill 104. The bill requires background checks on the sales of "gray" or secondary market handguns and firearms, restrictions and record searches for certain transfers of handguns involving residents of Milwaukee County, and the exercise of rule-making authority and providing a penalty.

WHEN:   Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 2:30pm, Press Conference
        Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 3:00pm, Testimony

WHERE:  Milwaukee Department of Natural Resource Building Office
        2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI
        Press Room
WHY: ROOT is embarking on a national coalition and movement to address the epidemic of gun violence facing major cities throughout the United States of America. Mr. Barnes has been invited to Milwaukee to bring this message and his expertise to state legislators, along with the ROOT Guns Aside Campaign, to address the epidemic of violence that exists in Milwaukee, WI and throughout the country. During his visit, Mr. Barnes will attend numerous functions and will be the guest of Senator Coggs and Mayor Barrett. Mr. Barnes will also appear on several local radio and television shows, as well as attend the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Luncheon and the New Horizons and Career Youth Development Dinner as an honored guest.

The Responsible Gun Ownership Bill - SB 104 is a statewide bill that will require criminal background checks for private citizen gun sales or transfers. This bill will carry penalties that will encourage responsible gun ownership. Those who violate this bill could face up to 9 months in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. The bill will be introduced in the Labor Election and Urban Affairs Committee on May 29, 2007 in Milwaukee. The chair of the committee is State Senator Spencer Coggs.

ROOT (Reaching Out to Others Together) Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, is committed to advocacy and intervention on behalf of homicide victims and their families. Our mission is to motivate and mobilize communities to take a proactive approach to reducing homicides and the senseless gun and youth violence plaguing our cities.

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