Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, will host a forum on gun violence prevention in Napa on Tuesday evening.
The goal is to bring together experts, stakeholders and community members for a “comprehensive discussion on the steps that must be taken to reduce and prevent gun violence,” Thompson said in a news release.
Thompson has emerged as a key player in the national debate over gun violence following the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut on Dec. 14. He’s been appointed chair by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force which is charged with recommending changes to federal gun laws
In accepting the role, Thompson said “military-style assault weapons and assault magazines have no place on our streets or in our communities.” He said lawmakers needed to consider implementing more rigorous background checks on prospective gun owners while ensuring that “appropriate mental health services are available.”
Thompson’s office is assembling a panel of experts in mental health, the law and other facets of the gun debate for the Napa forum, his staff said.
The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Napa City Hall, 955 School St. The audience will be able to ask questions.
In his news release, Thompson is described as a “hunter, gun owner, former chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and a veteran who carried a military-style assault weapon during a tour in Vietnam.”