The 500 seat theater at American International College was filled to capacity at the start of Friday's public hearing by the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Massachusetts legislators weighing dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence held a public hearing in Springfield today. They heard from people concerned about the loss of life, and also from people concerned about the potential loss of their livelihoods.
The state legislature in Massachusetts is inching closer to acting on new gun laws more than six months after the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut. A legislative committee is holding a series of public hearings around the state this summer.
New York and Connecticut have already enacted new gun laws in the wake of December’s Newtown school shooting. The Massachusetts legislature is expected to take up a bill before the end of the 2013 legislative session.
The point person for gun issues in the Massachusetts House says he hopes to recommend a comprehensive bill by September. Democratic State Representative Harold Naughton of Clinton , who co-chairs the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security said the goal is to update the state’s already strict gun ownership laws.
A group of concerned citizens is organizing an event this week to address the subject of reducing violent crime in Berkshire County.
The group called Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice this week is organizing a meeting involving area residents, professionals, and public safety officials to discuss a wide variety of topics related to school and community violence.
A gun buyback program in western Massachusetts has received a boost from some people who are almost daily witnesses to the problem of gun violence.
Trauma surgeons, other doctors, and staff at Baystate Medical Center, as well as the hospital itself are helping to fund the gun buyback program that will be held March 2nd at the Springfield Police Dept Headquarters. Dr. Ronald Gross, the chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the hospital spearheaded the effort that resulted in a contribution of $2,450 to buyback guns.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing mental health care following the Newtown school shooting, even though they and the public have little insight into what might have been ailing the 20-year-old gunman.
A prosecutor says he cannot release any information about Adam Lanza's mental health because of state conduct rules for attorneys.
His office is reviewing whether details of Lanza's mental state can be released to the public after the police report is completed, possibly in June.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas as the White House seeks to assemble proposals in response to last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.
Biden is scheduled to meet with video game representatives Friday as the White House explores cultural factors that may contribute to violent behavior.