ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County Executive, Steuart Pittman, declared June 4 as Gun Violence Safety Awareness Day for the county.

“Gun violence is a public health crisis that deeply impacts our communities,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “We need to continue using evidence-based approaches while supporting families and communities in reducing the devastation created by incidents of gun violence.”

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The announcement was made during a two-day gun violence awareness seminar hosted by the Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Intervention Team.

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In 2019, Maryland had 757 gun-related deaths. Anne Arundel County had 40 resident death and 150 gun-related hospital visits. Suicide accounted for more than half of all firearm fatalities in the county.

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For more information about the Gun Violence Intervention Team, email gun-violence-intervention@aacounty.org or call 410-222-4224.

CBS Baltimore Staff