New legislation could make firearm I.D. cards harder to obtain

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced legislation that would crack down on gun violence. 22News explains how it could impact gun owners.

The bill comes nearly a year and a half after the tragic Newtown shootings in neighboring Connecticut. State leaders emphasized this is a comprehensive way to reduce illegal firearms in the Commonwealth, and it could start with stricter gun laws.

“Under this bill, all secondary market gun sales must take place at a location operated by licensed firearm dealer,” said House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

The gun bill announced Tuesday would require Massachusetts to submit mental health records into a national background check database. It would prohibit convicted felons from obtaining a firearm identification card. Police chiefs may soon have more discretion to deny an F.I.D. card for a rifle or shotgun.

Gun owners would be required to list all the firearms they own before licenses or firearm I.D. cards may be renewed, an effort that lawmakers believe will reduce the number of illegal guns in Massachusetts.

“The lawful gun owners in this Commonwealth aren’t the problem. They’re hopefully a part of the solution,” said Clinton State Representative Harold Naughton.

The legislation also focuses on improving school safety, mental health, violence prevention and increased oversight so that Massachusetts has the strongest gun laws in the nation.

Governor Patrick was not there for the announcement. He’s currently in Israel. DeLeo said after a public hearing on the bill next Tuesday, the Massachusetts House could take a vote within a week or two after the hearing.

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