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Mass. Lawmakers Weigh Tough Gun Control Measures

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing tougher gun control measures, from requiring gun owners to buy liability insurance to setting tighter standards for firearms licenses.

State Rep. David Linsky, a Natick Democrat, said he plans to file by mid-January what he called a comprehensive bill to end gun violence.

Linksy spoke with reporters Thursday moments after meeting with more than 100 lawmakers and legislative staffers of both parties.

Linksy said other ideas being debated included allowing mental health screenings and tightening rules for storage of firearms.

“If we have children, if we have loved ones, if we have families, if we care about the people of Massachusetts, we have a stake in this because our goal is quite simple: It is to reduced gun violence in Massachusetts,” Linsky said.

Gov. Deval Patrick has already proposed limiting gun purchases to one per month and toughening laws aimed at “straw purchasers” of guns.

Gun rights advocates say lawmakers are focusing too much attention on law-abiding gun owners and not enough on criminals.

Massachusetts already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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  • ma freedom

    Interesting…. MA to Discuss gun control. Here in MA there is little left to do except for “manditory buybacks” or in plain english gun confisaction. It’s $100 application fee, yet they can’t afford to diligintly issue permits. I have been lucky, renewal only took 4-6 weeks. I believe we are currently working on legislature to make lincense for life unless suspended or revoked. Our police chief is a good reasonable american. not everyone in my state is fortunate enough to be in my situaion.
    They just want the revenue it’s got little to do with guns
    I think we need firarms saftly classes in every public school just like sex ed.
    Don’t want your kids to go fine…. don’t sign permision slip

  • Buck

    A shooting in San Antonio, TX took place 2 days after the CT shooting. The San Antonio shooting didn’t receive any press from the MSM. Check it out http://www.theworldbeacon.com.

  • X-Ray

    There is no such a thing as “gun violence”. Would you call drunk driving “car violence”? Of course not. Doing so would obscure the real cause, the person behind the wheel. And lead to a false premise on which to structure a solution.

  • John Sokolosky

    Stop the gun hysteria madness, focus on real killers.

    In 2011, there were 11,015 homicides committed with a firearm.

    By contrast:

    http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/8677.htm

    The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) seminal study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year.

    The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that one in seven Medicare patients are injured during hospital stays and that adverse events during the course of care contribute to the deaths of 180,000 patients every year.

    Where is the hysterical madness over that?

  • elv

    The anti gun people who added 20 handprints to their sign in Boston after the tragedy in CT. are only looking for shock value to promote their cause, I guess the 6 adults killed don’t matter to them?…Sick people need help but I guess cuts to state mental health care programs doesn’t make as good headlines…

  • steenkinbadges

    Liberals hate guns and hate gun owners. They only tolerate some gunowners because union blue collar types who hunt also vote Democrat. Other than that, liberals would like to put all gun owners in boxcars….

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