In March of 2018, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced plans to establish the Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence. The mayor was inspired by young people who have organized to educate elected officials and the public about the need to improve school safety and effectively address gun violence issues on school campuses.
This diverse group includes students, parents, physicians, law enforcement officials, gun-rights advocates, gun violence victims, members of faith-based and civil rights organizations. Commission Chair Haley Carter is a native Houstonian, MBA, retired United States Marine officer, former Houston Dash soccer player and a second-year law student at the University of Houston.
Mayor Turner asked the Commission to provide legislative recommendations. These bills deal with many familiar gun issues and associated behavioral health recommendations.