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.
This segment aired on April 20, 2021.