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Attendees look over a pistol display at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Friday, April 25, 2014 in Indianapolis. (AP)
Attendees look over a pistol display at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Friday, April 25, 2014 in Indianapolis. (AP)
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Tuesday morning, House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled a comprehensive bill aimed at revamping the state's gun laws.

It's the most ambitious effort to reform Massachusetts gun legislation in the past two decades and would do the following:

  • have Massachusetts join a national background check database
  • give police chiefs more authority to restrict licenses
  • require all private gun sales to be conducted in the presence of a licensed dealer

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer gets details on the legislation, which has been in the works since the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn., two years ago.

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Asma Khalid, WBUR reporter. She tweets at @asmamk.

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WBUR: Gun Legislation Unveiled On Beacon Hill

  • "Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Tuesday morning introduced long-awaited legislation that aims to decrease gun violence."

This segment aired on May 27, 2014.

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Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.

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