June 3 Is ‘Day of Action’ on gun violence bill
The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is sponsoring a Day of Action on June 3 at the State House to lobby legislators on a bill that represents the most comprehensive changes to Massachusetts gun laws in 16 years.
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo introduced the bill, “An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence,” on May 27.
The bill, the result of months of work by House members and the Gun Violence Task Force, was fueled in part by the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The legislation focuses on meeting mental health needs, violence prevention, increased oversight and addressing systemic problems.
One provision addresses greater communication between schools and public safety officials. Another would require school staff to be trained in the prevention of suicide, which lawmakers said accounts for 60 percent of gun deaths in the state.
The legislation would also add the state to a nationwide criminal background database, allow local police chiefs discretion in licensing owners for shotguns and rifles, and allow private gun sales only in the presence of a licensed gun dealer.
The Twitter hashtag for the event is #StepUpMA.