Kirkland City Hall - Reporter file photo

Kirkland City Hall - Reporter file photo

Kirkland holds Town Hall on gun and community safety

The town hall will take place on June 20 with feedback going to the city council on June 27.

  • Friday, June 1, 2018 8:30am
  • Life

The city will host a Town Hall on the topic of Gun Safety and Community Safety on June 20, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lake Washington High School Theater on 12033 Northeast 80th St.

The Town Hall is the first of several community engagement actions from council Resolution R-5312, which was adopted by the council on May 1 and relates to gun safety and community safety.

“The City Council heard from members of our community who feel strongly that we should take action on ways to reduce gun violence,” said mayor Amy Walen in a press release. “We want people of all viewpoints and perspectives to have an opportunity to share their ideas with us on how to help Kirkland stay a safe community. We invite our community to come together around our shared value of community safety in order to have meaningful dialogue about our city’s next best steps.”

The Town Hall will be one method to collect input from the community on actions the city might undertake to reduce gun violence. The city council is interested in the community’s views on topics such as:

  • Improved enforcement of existing laws and regulations
  • Education and training programs to support responsible firearm ownership
  • Mental health support and initiatives
  • State and local legislation on firearm safety

In addition to the Town Hall, other methods of collecting input may include interviews, focus groups and a survey.

City staff will present a report of community feedback to the City Council on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The report will be available online on July 13 as a part of the City Council Agenda packet. The City Council will use the community feedback as they consider options for city budget initiatives, the city’s state legislative agenda and possible changes to city ordinances and policies.

“We strive to be a safe, inclusive and welcoming community, and tackling this topic will give us the chance to show we mean it,” said council member Penny Sweet, chair of the Public Safety Committee in a press release. “Gun violence is clearly a topic of national interest and can be one that brings communities together or drives them apart. We need everyone’s perspective in order to strengthen our community, continue the conversation and move forward.”

In addition to collecting community input, the city will be hosting community conversations on the topic of firearms. The intention for these dialogues will be to provide community members the opportunity to learn from each other and gain insight into different perspectives as it relates to firearms.

“A hallmark of Kirkland is that we listen and try to truly understand each other’s hopes and fears,” said council member Toby Nixon in a press release. “On this topic, we need to continue to seek common ground and come up with consensus proposals that are actually achievable and have a realistic chance of being implemented to improve safety and security. Our goal is that Kirkland is an example to the rest of the country as the way to do it right.”

More information on all of the events and outreach methods mentioned in this release will be posted to the city website, sent out through the city’s weekly email newsletter and communicated through the city’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

City staff welcomes ideas on how to ensure that everyone can participate in this process. To share suggestions, or for questions, please email or call David Wolbrecht, Neighborhood Services Outreach Coordinator, at dwolbrecht@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3011.

More in Life

Coldwell Banker Bain launches monthly dinners for Imagine Housing’s Velocity community

Office brokers and staff establish support for affordable housing services.

Courtesy photo
Entering the winter real estate market – what to expect

Over the last five months, there has been more inventory than in previous years previously.

Kirkland road closures set for half marathon on Saturday

The event will benefit Cascade Challenge, a nonprofit dedicated to providing leadership and outdoor adventure opportunities to youth ages 14-20.

Greg McClellan (center) talks with friends at the release party for his 48 hour album, “Listen2Daze,” at Vortex Music & Movies in Kirkland. Madison Miller/staff photo.
Kirkland man releases 48-hour album

McClellan released his 48-hour album, “Listen2Daze,” at Vortex Music & Movies.

LWHS English teacher publishes poetry book

‘The Difference Between Solitude and Loneliness’ is seven years in the making; teacher’s dream come true.

The Locke family gathered to officially name the pavilion in honor of Kirkland’s first City Manager, Al Locke. Photo Courtesy of the City of Kirkland.
Marina Park Pavilion named after Kirkland’s first city manager

Community members attend ceremony in honor of former city manager, Al Locke, on Oct. 13.

Viva Volunteers! Fair on tap Oct. 20

Attendees will learn about opportunities to make a difference in their community.

Kirkland hosts second City Hall for All

The event focused on diversity, inclusion and city issues.

The panel included Dr. Joseph Castleberry, Megan Nakanishi, Brian Gawthrop, Marianna Beetham, Sally Otten and Walt Yeager. Photo courtesy of Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.
Town Hall hosts symposium to discuss Kirkland Now and Then

Kirkland Chamber hosts symposium on Sept. 25.

For a healthy dessert, try baked apples. Courtesy photo
Fall into wellness

Simple tips for staying healthy this season.