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Advocates for gun owners say the state is not doing enough to fight illegal gun trafficking and other crimes that allow criminals to acquire guns.
In response to recommendations from a state task force to pass stricter guns laws, a new report from the Gun Owners Action League is calling for attaching a state police unit to the attorney general's office to fight firearms crimes.
"It's the human criminal element that actually makes a market for illegal guns, commits the crime, steals the illegal guns," GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace said. "And until we get those people off the streets, banning the thing or restricting the thing simply will have no effect on crime in Massachusetts."
The state task force on gun laws made 44 recommendations, including calling for requiring background checks for most private firearms sales.