House Speaker to introduce gun control bill

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BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office promises that its long-awaited gun control legislation — to be unveiled Tuesday — will maintain Massachusetts’ status as a national leader in gun safety.

Seth Gitell, spokesman for the Winthrop Democrat, said the bill will include many of the 44 recommendations made by a House task force on reducing gun violence.

Gun control supporters say they’re hoping DeLeo calls for criminal background checks on all secondary private firearms sales, as that panel proposed.

Gun rights advocates, meanwhile, say they’re opposed to giving law enforcement officials greater discretion in issuing firearms licenses, as the panel also suggested.

Massachusetts already has among the strictest gun laws in the nation.  In 1998, lawmakers banned assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, as part of a sweeping gun bill.

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