- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - In an effort to end gun violence in Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority has partnered with a local nonprofit to campaign against women hiding, carrying and buying firearms on behalf those who legally cannot.

On Wednesday, 600 ads paid for by the MBTA will appear on trains and buses in the city to warn against harboring guns for criminals.

The ad will feature a handcuffed woman and read, “His crime, your time - holding his gun can land you in jail.”

Women are often coerced into hiding or buying guns for men for financial reasons, for love or through intimidation, according to the nonprofit partner in the campaign, Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings, or LIPSTICK.

A caseworker at the Elizabeth Stone House in Roxbury, Page Clark, said domestic abuse victims she has worked with have told her about the practice.

She said their partners tell the women, “If you love me, you should be doing this for me.”

Kim Odom, field director at LIPSTICK in Jamaica Plain, lost her 13-year-old son to a gunshot from a stray bullet in 2007 as he was walking home from playing basketball. She said the gunman was 17 and using an illegal weapon.

“Women need to realize the moral and legal consequence of hiding a gun for someone else,” said Odom, who joined LIPSTICK to honor her son. “Even if you don’t pull the trigger you are contributing to the crime,” she said.

The city does not have statistics on how many women have bought or carried guns for others, but Police Commissioner William Evans said the growing number of women caught carrying guns illegally is alarming.

Nancy Robinson, executive director of the anti-violence group Citizens For Safety, said she hopes the ads will expand to New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley and family members of victims of gun violence attended the campaign’s announcement Tuesday.

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