At gun violence town hall, Springfield teens, parents, political leaders demand meeting with Smith & Wesson

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SPRINGFIELD -- Topics including gun legislation and the role public officials, law enforcement and the community play in ending gun violence were discussed Tuesday night during a town hall meeting in the city's North End section.

Massachusetts Parents United and the Teens for Action Springfield hosted the discussion featuring panelists including Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, D-Springfield, Springfield City Councilors Kateri Walsh, Adam Gomez and Jesse Lederman, Springfield School Committee members Maria Perez and LaTonia Monroe Naylor, former city councilor Amaad Rivera and Springfield police officer Julio Toledo.

Community members submitted questions before the meeting began and panelists addressed the issues of gun legislation, the role of Springfield gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson in the conversation and what the community can do to help end the violence.

Rebecca Rutenberg