Statement of Mayor Rhodes-Conway Regarding Shots Fired at Fireworks Display

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 5:20pm

It is entirely unacceptable that someone brought a gun to last nights’ Festival
Foods Shake the Lake fireworks display, an event enjoyed by thousands of people,
including many children.

I am very aware that there were numerous security precautions taken at the event with a
private/public partnership including a significant number of Madison police officers. I
will be working with the police and other city staff to see what measures can be taken to
enhance security at this event and other public events. But our job is made more difficult
by a state legislature that advances reckless gun laws and at the same time curtails the rights of
cities to take further action.