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Task Force Lays Out 44 Recommendations to Curb Gun Violence

The Massachusetts Coalition to End Gun Violence issued a report Monday calling for stricter gun laws in the Commonwealth.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
By Owen Boss/Patch 

A state committee charged with establishing a concrete plan to curb gun violence in Massachusetts delivered their final report on Feb. 3, during an event at Northeastern University.

The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence was formed in 2013 after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and brought together organizations and institutions across the state to end the epidemic of gun violence.

Over the course of a nine-month period,  the committee, which was organized at the behest of Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, met 15 times to hammer out the details, according to Boston Magazine

Although Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun policies and ranks among the lowest states in overall gun violence, the report found that there are still "gaps that allow for irresponsible ownership and tragic deaths."

The Coalition supports the following principles:
  • Universal background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales
  • A strengthened background check system.
  • A suitability standard for all gun licenses; with discretion for local licensing authorities
  • Prohibition of military assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Stronger penalties for gun-related crime, including failure to report lost and stolen guns and trafficking of firearm.
Click Here to read the coalition's full report. 
Prometheus February 04, 2014 at 02:46 PM
I'll keep mine thanks.....http://www.telegram.com/article/20140204/NEWS/302049837/1116
Amber February 05, 2014 at 12:52 AM
images.google.com comes up with some lovely options. BTW, I see citizens open carrying their sidearms at least once a week in the stores in Arizona. It always brings a smile to my face.
Chris Daley February 05, 2014 at 09:13 AM
I'm kinda in the middle on the gun issue. I do NOT own a firearm here of any kind, and know the law=1 year lock up for illegal possession. I'm familiar with shooting a friend's collection in a Montana sand outcrop years ago; that Spanish Llama revolver was quite a shot. I'm not a hunter, but back East seems pretty crowded for that. There would be less home invasions and sexual assaults in Boston/ Northeast if citizens could more easily obtain a self-defense weapon? Pity a lone woman in a mall or parking garage. Or the attack in NH by those two thrill killers. And all the robberies. The BAD GUYS still seem to get guns despite all the laws, to the detriment of the rest of us! Responsible gun owners need to lock them in a cabinet so kids cant get at them, a no brainer. Maybe gun owners should be REQUIRED to have insurance? Maybe gun collectors/ club enthusiasts could store their assault models in community center-like, policed/guarded lockers and shooting galleries? Less obsessed rhetoric and more common sense might prevail to protect our kids, educate them in schools as well, instead of the forbidden fruit mentality? Call it the wild West, but out there alone in real wilderness you need to protect yourself from kooks, convicts, fugitives and serial criminals. There has to be a more reasonable solution, because even after local theoretical permit process, what rights do citizens get with having to USE it here? East is pretty dangerous I'd say from road rage to ill will and cold-blooded murders. More laws? Or use the ones we have?
Cori Ryan February 05, 2014 at 08:16 PM
What exactly are these "military assault weapons" you mention in the article? The military has assault rifles (can shoot automatic) but I sure would not want to go to battle with an "assault weapon" (semiautomatic with two or more of the following features: pistol grip, the dreaded bayonet lug, the female-friendly adjustable stock, the flash suppressor that reduces but does not hide the flash, and the grenade launcher for the grenade you cannot buy). "Assault weapons", a term created by the government to define what is banned, shoot one bullet per trigger pull, exactly like a pistol and the ruger 10/22 rifle that comes in a variety of exciting colors. Another point on your last bullet is that we already have banned magazines past 10 rounds. Another note: officers do have discretion already when issuing licenses. My friend in Lowell got her LTC with restrictions for hunting only. She said everyone in Lowell gets that restriction. I don't know if the latter is true, but police discretion is in play in MA. I agree that the image for this article is not related to the topic. It looks like the Patch is saving it for a rainy day article on Russian firearms.
Cori Ryan February 05, 2014 at 08:30 PM
"A strengthened background check system". Most people do not know what that means, so it sounds good and everyone nods their head in agreement. This means that people with mental health issues will have their private medical information turned over to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Yes, a database of criminals. When people think of high profile cases in the news, the media turns to the severely deranged individual, and so we nod our heads again and say this sounds good. But if we look deeper, we may fund that 70 million Americans live their lives while managing their mental health issues. Less than 5% of all violent crime is committed by someone due to a mental health issue. This is going after a demographic where 95% of those in said demographic are simply not going to act out in violence solving a problem? For the few that are, yes, give them a *fair* hearing on their case *before* they are entered into a dangerous persons database along with criminals, but don't further stigmatize mental health by turning over records people thought were private just to check off a box saying "we are in compliance".

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