Gov. Patrick To Press Lawmaker On Gun Control Bill

Sep 13, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is again appealing to lawmakers to approve his sweeping gun control bill.

Patrick is planning to testify before a hearing of the Public Safety Committee at the Statehouse today.

The committee has been holding hearings on nearly 60 gun-related bills across the state this summer.

Patrick's legislation would tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, create four new types of firearms-related crimes and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.

Critics say the bill goes too far and would punish law-abiding gun owners, and gun rights advocates plan to speak out.

Before the 10 a.m. hearing, supporters of tougher gun measures plan a press conference in front of the Massachusetts House chambers. They include parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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