Massachusetts gun laws

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Gun rights activists plan to gather in Pittsfield Friday to protest Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s crackdown on so-called copycat assault weapons.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
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In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on what she says are illegal sales of assault weapons.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
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In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons. The Democrat says her office has sent notices and offered direction to the 350 gun dealers in the state about weapons she says gun manufacturers alter and market as Massachusetts compliant.

Overall crime is down in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, according to the local police. There is evidence suggesting police use of technology to combat gun violence is paying off.

     Total crime was down 19 percent last year according to the Springfield Police Department. Incidents of gunfire logged by acoustic sensors are down by 50 percent, according to the company that owns and markets the gunshot detection technology.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Mass. Lawmakers Weigh Gun Bills

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Massachusetts lawmakers are still grappling with dozens of gun-related bills more than six months after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six educators in neighboring Connecticut.

Some of the bills include sweeping gun control measures like a bill proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Other bills are more targeted, including measures to study whether GPS locators should be installed in guns and whether the state should create a Gun Offender Registry Board.

Not all the proposals are aimed at limiting access to guns.