Rep. Kirkland appointed to Gov. Wolf’s Special Council on Gun Violence

CHESTER, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, was appointed today to join Governor Tom Wolf’s Special Council on Gun Violence.

Kirkland, in his second term representing the 159th Legislative District in Delaware County, will begin his tenure immediately.

The Special Council, created as part of Wolf’s executive order signed in August and tasked with studying and making recommendations to prevent and reduce gun violence, is holding a regional hearing Thursday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Temple University, 1801 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

“I’m honored by the appointment, and I take very seriously the epidemic of gun violence in our commonwealth,” Kirkland said. “I’ve already been hard at work trying to bring well-needed resources to the city of Chester in my district, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to expand that work statewide. I look forward to tomorrow’s hearing and being able to participate in the conversations that need to take place in order for us to significantly reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania.”

Kirkland’s committee and caucus assignments with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives include Children & Youth, Urban Affairs, Gaming, Tourism and the PA SAFE Caucus.

Prior to his election to the House, Kirkland served as a Special Projects Coordinator for Chester, and he currently serves as a deacon at Community Baptist Church in Chester, where he runs a youth mentoring program.

The Special Council on Gun Violence’s hearing in Philadelphia on Thursday is open to the public as a listening session. Video recordings of the hearings are also posted on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency website.