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Mass. Lawmakers Introduce An Act To Stop Mass Shootings

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Here is the Radio Boston rundown for April 20. Anthony Brooks is our host.

  • Today a group of Massachusetts lawmakers is introducing legislation that would expand the state's assault weapons ban. Under current state law, it's illegal to sell or own a military-style rifle in the state. The new law, called An Act To Stop Mass Shootings, would outlaw the in-state manufacturing of assault weapons to sell to private citizens in other states. Joining us to discuss what this legislation means for the Commonwealth is John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Hand Gun Violence. We also hear from Sandy Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica, was among 12 people shot to death in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in July of 2012. And we hear from Amy Swearer, a legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
  • More than 30% of the state is now fully vaccinated, and vaccination appointments are now available for anyone over 16. Still, high positivity rates for COVID-19 are hovering above 2%, and hospitalizations are slowly inching up. To our north in New Hampshire, the Granite State lifted its mask mandate. We discuss these developments and take listener calls during another week of "Ask the Docs" with Drs. Cassandra Pierre and Benjamin Linas.

This segment aired on April 20, 2021.

This program aired on April 20, 2021.


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