Natick Democrat to file anti-gun violence bill
A Natick Democrat plans to file an anti-gun violence bill within the next two weeks that will address not just the type of guns and ammunition that can be sold legally in Massachusetts, but also who can buy them.
On Thursday Rep. David Linsky, a former prosecutor, hosted a crowded, closed-door meeting at the State House to talk about reducing gun violence and update existing gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Linksy told the State House News that the bill will address who should be eligible to own a gun, gun storage, mental health screening for gun owners and an update to the definitions and types of firearms and ammunition permitted under the state’s assault weapons ban.
“If we have children, if we have loved ones, if we have families, if we care about the people of Massachusetts we have a stake in this because our goal is quite simple. It is to reduced gun violence in Massachusetts,” Linsky said at a press conference after the meeting.
Linksy said about 150 to 200 people attended the meeting, including 100 Democratic and Republican members of the House and Senate, who demonstrated an “enormous amount of passion” about reforming the state’s gun laws.