BREAKING: Massachusetts Lawmaker Unveils Sweeping New Gun Control Package
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If Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo gets his way, MA will become one of the least gun friendly states in the country.
The lawmaker today unveiled a gun control package that includes sweeping restrictions. According to The Boston Herald,
The bill, called the state’s most comprehensive since 1998 by House leaders, adds the state to a nationwide criminal background database and, for the first time, allows local police chiefs discretion in licensing owners for shotguns and rifles. The legislation also bans the private sale of guns without a licensed gun dealer and requires gun owners to list all the guns they own each time they renew their license.
“I knew that Massachusetts would take a different path than other states,” said DeLeo, who chided other states for legislation that was “hastily proposed” in the aftermath of the massacre at Newtown’s Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012. “What is in this legislation is very, very reasonable.”
NRA News posted the following message about the new gun control package on their Facebook page.
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo unveiled sweeping new gun-control legislation for Massachusetts that will add the state to a nationwide criminal background database, allow local police chiefs discretion in licensing owners for shotguns and rifles, ban the private sale of guns without a licensed gun dealer, and will require gun owners to list all the guns they own each time they renew their license.
The licensing and registration reporting requirements would easily make Massachusetts one of the hardest states in which to own a gun.
The bill is set to appear before committee next week and will likely go before the entire House in the following weeks.