Lawmakers give a second look at Massachusetts strict gun laws

More than 2,000 people on the federal terror watch list have legally purchased weapons

The Fight Over Gun Control

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Beacon Hill lawmakers are taking a closer look at the states already quite strict gun laws following the Orlando nightclub massacre.

The proposal hopes to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. Under bill in the state legislature, someone on the federal terror watch list, the so-called “no-fly list” would be banned from obtaining a gun license in Massachusetts.

The legislation was filed after last December’s shooting that killed 14 people in the San Bernardino, California. The bill got lost in committee this year.

Following the Orlando mass shooting, House Speaker Robert DeLeo told 22News Wednesday that he’s interested in reviving the bill. He said it’s unlikely the proposal will become law this year, but it’s worth a second look.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said, “If there are federal issues, in the sense that it would really prohibit it, then I don’t want to waste anyone’s time for the sake of making a statement.”

In the last decade, more than 2,000 people on the federal terror watch list have legally purchased weapons, according to the federal government.

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