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Mike McGinn (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Gun Free Zone reaches goal of 100 businesses recruited

10/24/2013  11:30:00 PM

Gun Free Zone reaches goal of 100 businesses recruited
Mayor and Washington CeaseFire update public on progress of initiative

SEATTLE - Today Mayor Mike McGinn and Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli gathered at the Big Picture Theatre to announce that over 100 local businesses have signed up to be part of the recently launched Gun Free Zone program.

"This program has become a national model for how to change the conversation on gun violence," said Fascitelli. "We've gotten calls from cities, counties and even other states asking for advice on how to implement their own Gun Free Zone programs. With Mayor McGinn's support, this creative initiative is gaining national momentum and attention."

Since the Gun Free Zone program launched in late August, businesses have been signing up at a rate of nearly one per day. A full list of businesses can be found at

"This really shows the strength of our local business community here in Seattle," said McGinn. "They are standing up together for what they believe in. Thank you to these businesses for partnering with Washington CeaseFire to change the culture of gun violence in our city."

"We at the Big Picture are proud to partner with the mayor's office and Washington Ceasefire in reducing gun violence. We believe the Gun Free Zone is an innovative and important front line program for businesses of all types to help stop the violence in our community" said Mark Stern, Co-Founder of the Big Picture Theatre.

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