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In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

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Maura Healey has been Massachusetts Attorney General for nearly a year after taking over for Martha Coakley who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014. Healey, a Democrat, was in western Massachusetts Thursday and sat down for a wide-ranging interview including gun laws, terrorism, opioid abuse, Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct pipeline and what brought her to the area.

Stephen Gottlieb: An NRA Foreign Policy

Nov 3, 2015

Think about the NRA position that guns don’t kill people, people do, and therefore that we should protect the rights of gun ownership. Just think about the contribution that the NRA could make to the discussion of foreign affairs. The NRA position reveals that it is a big mistake to control arms trafficking. They’re spot on – we should just arm everyone, friend and foe, all the contending parties in Syria and Iraq. Al-Qaeda? Their guns don’t kill, they do. No problem. ISIS? No problem. But we can learn from the NRA that the biggest mistake is the nuclear deal with Iran! After all, if everyone had nukes, no one would use them. Peace on earth. Goodwill toward men and women. Solved that one. Thanks to the NRA.

Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law

Apr 4, 2013
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Connecticut lawmakers have approved legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown.

Following hours of respectful and at times somber debate, the House and the Senate voted in favor of the 139-page bill crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, who plans to sign it at noon on Thursday.

With release of documents, Newtown vote imminent

Mar 29, 2013
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 Legislative leaders say the newly released search warrants in the Newtown school shooting help confirm the need for many of the gun law changes they've been negotiating for weeks.

Several leaders said Thursday it was chilling to learn the extent of weaponry and ammunition the 20-year-old shooter, Adam Lanza, had amassed inside his home.

Democratic Senate President Donald Williams said it "absolutely confirms we're on the right track in pursuing a very strong and comprehensive bill."

Stephen Gottlieb: We Will Not Comply

Mar 5, 2013

Did you hear the demonstrators against New York's new gun law chanting in unison "We will not comply!"

That's the problem. Guns allow some of their owners to think that they can define right and wrong and everybody else has to comply. In the hands of some of their owners, guns puff up their sense of self-importance, their sense that laws are written for everybody else but that they are above the law.

It’s time we stopped dancing around the obvious institutional source of the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment assertion of everyone’s right to own and utilize any kind of firearm and for any purpose.  The amendment’s explicit language has been twisted and stretched beyond any semblance of reason and sanity for the perverse purposes of profiteers, predators and promiscuous egocentrics.  For the safety and security of Americans of this and all future generations, it’s time to apply truth and principled logic to the cogent language of actionable law.

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A group of Vermont lawmakers is pushing legislation that would ban large capacity ammunition-feeding devices on guns and would require background checks for people buying weapons at gun shows.

Representatives Linda Waite-Simpson, Adam Greshin and Mike Mrowicki are among those backing a bill that also would bring state law in line with federal law in prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms.

NEW CITY – Starting today, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and County Clerk’s Office will be distributing free firearms cable locks to county residents.

A total of 1,600 of the devices were donated to the county. Persons seeking the locks will be asked to complete a voluntary basic information form. If they chose not to, they must display visual proof of Rockland County residency.

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ALBANY – Assembly woman Annie Rabbitt has posted an online petition seeking to repeal the new state gun control laws.

Rabbitt, who has family members in law enforcement, said the governor’s budget proposes $36 million to create a database of lawful gun owners in New York. “I believe there are a lot better uses for $36 million in taxpayer funds,” she said.

As they said they would following the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats today unveiled legislation that would ban assault-style weapons.

The lead lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, has summed up the legislation's key points this way:

Deerpark Board opposes state gun law

Jan 23, 2013

HUGUENOT – The Deerpark Town Board voted Tuesday night to condemn the state’s new gun law.

Town Supervisor Karl Brabenec said the board’s opposition is unanimous.

“We are basically saying that the legislation that was passed by our state government officials and signed by our government is basically unconstitutional according to the Second Amendment,” Brabanec said.

The local lawmakers praised Republican Senators William Larkin and John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt for voting against the new gun law.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Rifle Association says the secret negotiations and lightning-fast passage of New York's tough new gun control laws squelched the powerful gun lobby's ability to mount opposition.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he had to engineer quick enactment to prevent a counterproductive buying spree of now-outlawed guns.

The legislation was introduced and signed into law in less than two days.

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A month after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,  New York State has led the nation in gun law reform. One change coming involves money - the gun bill passed into law this week provides additional funding for school security measures.

Safety is paramount when it comes to our schools and schoolchildren - "the NY Safe Act of 2013" will send money to public schools to pay for a variety of safety and security features that are designed to deter, slow down or identify an intruder.

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The Governor of Massachusetts has filed new legislation that would introduce stricter regulations on gun ownership. The bill includes strict background checks and closing licensing loopholes. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Governor Patrick announced the legislation just over a month after the shooting deaths of children and educators in the massacre in Newtown, Conn, and only one day after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the SAFE Act, putting tighter restrictions on gun ownership in the Empire State.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —Gun rights advocates expect court challenges to New York's tightest-in-the-nation restrictions on guns.

A Republican state senator from Saratoga says her online petition for repealing the provisions has drawn more than 37,000 signatures since yesterday. Sen. Kathy Marchione says if legislative attempts at repeal fails, she'll go to court.

Besides banning assault rifles, the state law calls for mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases and tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat.

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Vermont's mayors say they want a state law banning convicted felons from getting firearms, to match the current federal law.

Mayors from seven of the state's eight cities held a news conference Tuesday to outline proposals for the Legislature. The one absent mayor, Paul Monette of Newport, had a scheduling conflict.

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Announcement on Wednesday:

The White House says President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the steps they intend to take and legislation they recommend to reduce gun violence at 11:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

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What are you expectations for Vice President Biden's gun policy recommendations? 

Massachusetts already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, but legislative leaders see room for improvement.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday asked Jack McDevitt, an associate dean at Northeastern University, to lead a special commission on gun violence, with a possible focus on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.