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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.