The Associated Press

Mass. Lawmakers May Vote Soon On Gun Bill

BOSTON — House lawmakers are gearing up to debate a sweeping bill designed to tighten Massachusetts’ already tough gun laws.

An updated version of the bill, expected to be debated on Wednesday, would require police chiefs to write down reasons for denying gun licenses to individuals seeking them.

Those denials could be appealed in district court and would have to be based on factors of public safety.

The bill would also create a web-based portal within the state Executive Office of Public Safety to allow for real-time background checks for private gun sales.

State Rep. David Linsky, a Democrat from Natick, said he expected the changes in the bill to ease some of the concerns of gun rights activists.

Supporters hope to win final passage in both branches before the formal legislative session ends on July 31.

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  • fun bobby

    We already require background checks on all private sales in the commonwealth, this bill just makes them more expensive and redundant. what it really does is expand a provision designed to prevent the poor and minorities from lawful exercise of their civil rights. its racist and its wrong and the legislature is trying to expand it. what if you local unelected police chief was allowed to decide who could vote and he had no oversight and did not even maintain public records?
    who are these supporters exactly? no mention of the detractors? could this be any more one sided?
    call your legislator and urge them to vote no on this racist power grab. tell them you will not support discrimination even if you are not a 2nd amendment supporter.

  • Erin Schwartz

    This bill is not only elitist and racist, it is anti-family and un-American.

    How do the fascists down on Beacon Hill expect struggling working class families to protect themselves from local thugs, neighborhood sex offenders, and crooked cops clad in SWAT gear?

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