Massachusetts legislature mulls monthly limit on gun purchases


Maria Cramer
Boston Globe
November 8, 2010

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A proposal to limit the number of guns a person can buy in Massachusetts is being mulled by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee today, sparking hope among supporters that the bill may finally come to a vote.

The bill, introduced by Governor Deval Patrick in May 2009, would prevent people from buying more than one gun a month. It is winding its way through committee as the state and the city of Boston grapple with the shooting deaths of two 14-year-old boys in the same month. A 10-year-old girl was shot in the leg over the weekend as she played outside her Roxbury home. The girl is expected to survive.

The shootings “make it more urgent to do something,” said Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan. “It’s gotten to the point where it’s just epidemic really.”

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