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Smith and Wesson Employees Pack Gun Hearing

SMITH_AND_WESSON(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)–A legislative committee came to Springfield on Friday looking for ways to reduce gun violence.

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a hearing in the Griswold Auditorium on the campus of American International College.

The hearing drew an overflow crowd of supporters from Smith and Wesson.

Smith and Wesson President and CEO James Debney gets a standing ovation from his own employees as he prepares to testify before the committee,”We are here today because Smith and Wesson cares about its employees and its customers, and wants to be part of the solution in developing meaningful policies that can insure safety in our schools , on our streets and in our homes,” says Debney.

The committee is holding hearings across the state on changes to the state’s gun laws with the intent of reducing gun violence.

Debney had specific areas for the committee to work on ,mental health and background checks, school safety, and standardizing the licensing process to carry firearms.

He made a direct appeal to the committee,”Please don’t restrict our ability to be a good corporate citizen by imposing unnecessary new laws that further infringe on second amendment rights and do nothing to improve public safety,” says Debney.

The chairman of the House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security had an answer  to Smith and Wesson’s appeal,”I don’t think anything we’re going to do in this legislation will have any negative impact upon the employees or the business of Smith and Wesson,” says James Debney.


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