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Houston Might Join Campaign for Gun Safety Focusing on Manufacturers

The Metropolitan Organization is promoting the ‘Do Not Stand Idly By’ initiative that encourages gunmakers to use higher industry standards.

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The Metropolitan Organization held an event on July 26, 2018, to encourage the City of Houston to join the ‘Do Not Stand Idly By' campaign, which promotes gun safety focusing on the role companies that make firearms can play.

The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) held an event Thursday to encourage the City of Houston to join a campaign to pressure gun manufacturers to make safer firearms. If that happened, Houston would be the first Texas city that would be represented in the campaign.

The campaign is called ‘Do Not Stand Idly By' and advocates for gun safety technologies. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen interviewed Melissa Hamilton, a former police officer who is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Houston's Law Center. She said the campaign is strategic because “it’s less invasive, or less intrusive, on the owners.”

The ‘Do Not Stand Idly By' campaign emphasizes the role of law enforcement agencies because they can test and evaluate “smart firearm products.” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo attended the TMO's event and said he supports the campaign.

Michael Cavanaugh, a criminal justice professor at the University of Houston-Downtown, also spoke to Houston Matters and noted that, while the City of Houston might be willing to join the campaign, it’s unlikely the majority of Texas cities and towns would do the same because the state “is just much too conservative.”