Massachusetts: Report on recent hearing

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Thanks to those who attended the recent hearing of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Gun safety advocates stood out against the less numerous gun protection people. Discussed were many of the 68 gun related bills that are before the legislature this year.

From Mass Live

As the nation continues to confront a spate of gun violence, Massachusetts lawmakers this session will consider dozens of bills to update the state’s gun laws.

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Wednesday held a packed, hours-long hearing on 68 bills related to firearms.

Highlighted Bills

  • S1388 and H2045 would require a detailed analysis of MA crime gun trace data to better understand the origins of crime guns. 👍
  • H2092 would require all gun sales in the state go through a dealer to complete a background check. 👍
  • H2096 and S.1361 would ban all 3D printed weapons and “ghost guns” which are undetectable by metal detectors. 👍
  • H2095 would close a loophole in the large capacity magazine law exempting guns manufactured before 1994. 👍
  • H2093 and S.1360 would require gun owners to possess liability insurance. 👍
  • H2091 would require live firearms practice to obtain a firearms license. 👍
  • H2055 would prohibit fees being charged for the storage of guns while an investigation is in process. 👎
  • H2122 would prohibit a local community from enacting their own gun ordinances such as prohibiting guns from parks or schools. 👎
  • H2097 would stop the bulk purchase of guns by limiting purchases to 15 guns a year. Also included in the bill are gun theft reporting requirements, receipt of gifts registration requirements, and the microstamping of guns and ammunition for traceability reasons. 👍
  • H2046 would increase the penalty for the reckless firing of a gun in a public place. 👍
  • H2077 would impose fees and fines for using a vehicle to transport illegal firearms. 👍