Markey wants “Personalized gun control”

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey has unveiled a gun control bill that would require all new guns to be “personalized” so they could only be fired by their owners.

Markey says that the bill will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns be “personalized” so they can only be fired by their owners.  The bill would require that all newly-manufactured handguns be equipped with technology that would read a user’s handprint or fingerprint.

Senator Markey said that will make it harder for stolen guns to be used in crimes, and will reduce accidental firearm deaths by making it impossible for children to fire guns they find.

Mike Lamoureux of Belchertown says that he supports the idea. “It makes a lot of sense. If a gun is laying around and a child picks it up, they can’t accidentally shoot themselves.”

Todd Simon of West Springfield says “If the gun owners are the only ones that could fire them, they should be able to agree that they’re the only ones that should be able to use the guns, and it would streamline that to just them and nobody else.”

Stephaine Stetson, manager at Guns Inc. in West Springfield, says the new bill wouldn’t affect the millions of guns that are already on the streets.  “The good citizens come in and buy their guns right away. They’re not the people you have to worry about. The bad people are the bad people, so they’re going to find their ways to do what they want to do.”

Senator Markey said his bill should be embraced by gun owners and safety advocates, but any gun control measure will likely come up against tough opposition in Congress.

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