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  • DeLeo pushes tighter gun law

    Boston Globe - 05/28/2014

    House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo unveiled a proposal Tuesday for the most comprehensive changes to Massachusetts gun laws in 16 years, saying that the state cannot wait for federal action to curb gun violence.

    Under the bill, local police would be given expanded discretion to consider a person’s “suitability” to own a gun, the state would join a national database for criminal and mental-health background checks, and all private sales of firearms would be conducted in the presence of a licensed dealer.

    The proposal followed dozens of hearings and meetings held by lawmakers around the state, complemented by a separate study from a gun violence task force led by Jack McDevitt, associate dean of research at Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities.