White House cheers Maryland as first state to advance Biden gun violence initiative

The Biden administration cheered Gov. Wes Moore (D-MD) Thursday for proposing to create a statewide gun violence prevention office, making Maryland the first state to take up an initiative put forth by the White House in late 2023.

Moore introduced three gun violence-focused bills on Tuesday ahead of the state’s legislative session, one of which would launch an office modeled after the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention launched by President Joe Biden in September.

The White House office, overseen by Vice President Kamala Harris, in turn charged states and localities with forming their own offices as part of the administration’s “Safer States Initiative” in December.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told the Washington Examiner during Thursday’s press briefing that Moore’s action is “important” and that the White House is “glad to see” states beginning
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