From MassGov: BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $8 million to 10 community organizations to prevent and reduce gun violence and other violent crime among youth and young adults. The funding will support communities with some of the highest rates of gun violence in the Commonwealth.

“Massachusetts’ strong gun laws have helped lead to some of the lowest rates of gun violence in the nation but there is always more that we can do to keep the Commonwealth’s communities safe,” said Governor Baker. “Since taking office, our Administration has committed more than $40 million to prevent youth violence and combat gang activity in the Commonwealth and we look forward to the work these agencies will do with today’s grants in their local communities.”

“We are pleased to partner with these local initiatives in supporting communities as they strengthen their prevention efforts and help young people who are exposed to violence get back on the right track,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

In 2016, there were 245 firearm deaths in Massachusetts, of which just over a third were homicides. Gun violence is the leading cause of death for 17-24 years olds in the Commonwealth, with 63 percent of homicides due to a firearm. While Massachusetts has the lowest firearm death rate in the nation, over half of all victims of firearm-related injuries (55 percent) are between the ages of 15-24, and black youth ages 15-24 had 32 times the rate of hospitalizations due to a firearm assault compared to white youth.

Read more of the press release HERE.