Massachusetts gun control

Gun Rights Group Leader Speaks At MCLA

Nov 3, 2017
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The head of Gun Owners of America spoke in favor of gun rights and on-campus carrying policies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Thursday night. The idea is being rejected by campus officials.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Doctor’s Day and the Massachusetts Medical Society is using the event to raise awareness about doctor and patient conversations about gun ownership and safety.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed new gun legislation into law Wednesday. It's being praised by both gun rights activists and gun control advocates as a good compromise.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is praising an economic development bill proposed by Democratic House leaders but says he will urge legislators to restore a provision that would discourage non-compete agreements in the private sector.


Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has unveiled long-awaited gun legislation. The bill is a compilation of more than 60 pieces of legislation filed at the beginning of the legislative session weeks after the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has unveiled long-awaited legislation designed to further tighten the state's already strict gun laws. The bill mirrors many recommendations made by a task force that was created after the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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An organization representing Massachusetts gun owners is criticizing a new report by a task force that examined state gun laws, saying most of the panel's recommendations would put more burdens on law-abiding citizens.

The Gun Owners Action League, or GOAL, released a critique Tuesday of the report issued by the task force created by House Speaker Robert DeLeo after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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BOSTON (AP) — A task force examining the state's gun laws says Massachusetts should require background checks for most private firearms sales, increase penalties for failing to report lost or stolen guns and tighten regulations on rifle ownership.

The panel created by House Speaker Robert DeLeo in the aftermath of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., released its report on Monday.

In 2013, Massachusetts saw a 3-cent tax hike on gas and the reinstatement of tolls on the westernmost portion of the Mass Pike. Democrat Smitty Pignatelli represents the 4th Berkshire District. He says he understands the state’s need to raise revenue to fund its $500 million transportation finance package, but is hoping for some relief for his travel-dependent constituents.

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One year after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Massachusetts has not joined neighboring New York and Connecticut in passing gun control legislation.

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A first-ever gun buy-back is taking place Saturday in two mostly rural counties in western Massachusetts—Hampshire and Franklin counties.  People will have  chance to dispose of guns at the police stations in Northampton and Greenfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, whose office organized the gun buy-back.

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.