Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill Tightening State Gun Laws

Would gives police chiefs authority to turn down a resident’s requests to buy a rifle or shotgun if they believe the person may be a danger..
Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill Tightening State Gun Laws

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by Elizabeth Barber | Reuters | August 1, 2014


Massachusetts lawmakers on Friday tightened the state’s already strict gun laws by passing a measure that gives police chiefs authority to turn down a resident’s requests to buy a rifle or shotgun if they believe the person may be a danger.

House lawmakers overrode objections from gun-rights advocates in the state Senate who had opposed the measure, worrying that police chiefs could abuse the authority to deny firearms to law-abiding citizens.

“We seek not to be the safest state in the nation but strive to make our communities the safest in the world,” said House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Democrat.

The bill now goes to Governor Deval Patrick, a fellow Democrat, who supports tightening the state’s gun laws.

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