Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release
April 27, 2021
MAYOR GANIM, USCM GUN SAFETY CONSORTIUM ENCOURAGES INNOVATION TO REDUCE CRIME AND PREVENT FIREARM-RELATED INCIDENTS
BRIDGEPORT, CT – Today, Mayor Ganim joined the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Gun Safety Consortium with almost six-hundred local officials from throughout the country to discuss issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking private entities to manufacture or create safety products that gun owners can use to secure their firearms, prevent accidents, and reduce crimes involving stolen firearms.
Mayor Ganim is one of seven local officials that serve on the leadership team for the Gun Safety Consortium with participants from ten states and twenty-nine jurisdictions. In his role, Mayor Ganim expressed his commitment to leverage the combined purchasing power, research, and expertise of the Consortium to encourage gun safety innovation and to address the problem of unsecured guns throughout the nation.
Over the last six months, law enforcement officers have conducted hands-on evaluation of four available or emerging gun security products. The Consortium has screened, purchased, and distributed locking devices to participating jurisdictions, and several dozen law enforcement officers are analyzing each product and using them while off duty. Each of the products being evaluated was developed by startup companies.
A panel from cities representing the consortium will continue to identify the most promising products and will review the products with members of police departments.
Mayor Ganim stated, “This is just one step in the right direction to help keep illegal firearms off our streets so they can’t be used in the commission of a crime. These safety products also prevent accidents or gun related incidents that may take place in the home. If we can’t change legislation, we as local leaders can take action by making products to protect our community.”