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Minneapolis to host gun violence summit with Milwaukee officials

The Midwest 2013 Summit to Combat Gun Violence, which starts Wednesday night in Minneapolis, is billed as "a first-ever interstate collaboration to share best practices, discuss current gun crime issues and share strategies to more effectively combat gun crime in our communities."

The conference is hosted by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, in collaboration with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

The conference opens with dinner and a reception Wednesday, and all-day speakers and panels Thursday.

Featured speakers include:

  • Christopher Koper, associate professor, Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy at George Mason University;
  • Daniel Webster, director, Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mary Kay Balchunas, chaplain, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and mother of slain Special Agent Jay Balchunas

Organizers say the conference is for:

Midwest law enforcement executives, elected officials and policy makers who will examine best practices, evaluate success, and design new initiatives that will further impact the proliferation of gun violence and illegal guns in "our own back yards."

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