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Linsky Files Gun Violence Legislation

The bill looks to close loopholes in existing state laws, require mental health background checks, strengthen gun storage requirements and require liability insurance for gun owners.

The following is a press release sent by the office of state Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick:

State Rep. David P. Linsky announced today that he has filed “An Act to Reduce Gun Violence and to Protect the Citizens of the Commonwealth,” comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation aimed at closing loopholes in existing state laws,  requiring mental health background checks, strengthening gun storage requirements, and requiring liability insurance for gun owners.

“This bill is a comprehensive effort to reduce all types of gun violence – murders, intentional shootings, accidental shootings and suicides.  There is not one solution to reducing gun violence – we can’t eliminate it – but there are a lot of common-sense steps that we can take to significantly reduce the everyday tragedy of gun violence and deaths,” said Linsky.

Following a series of tragedies, Linsky invited members of the House and Senate to discuss how gun violence could be reduced in the Commonwealth. Over 150 members and staff attended the meeting, representing a wide array of viewpoints including gun owners, former members of the military, nurses, parents, hunters, and former teachers.  

“I have spoken with hundreds of people over the past few weeks in developing this legislation – victims, police officers, criminologists, physicians, and yes - gun owners and sportsmen,” stated Linsky. “There are a lot of good ideas out there. We should all have one goal – reducing gun violence and trying to keep more tragedies from happening.”

Provisions in the bill include:

·         Having one standard of the issuance of all gun licenses, giving local police chiefs the ability to evaluate all aspects of an application for a gun license.

·         Requires proof of liability insurance for possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun.

·         Requires that all large capacity weapons and grandfathered assault weapons must be stored at gun clubs or target ranges.

·         Requires live shooting as part of the curriculum for a basic firearms safety course; this is not a current requirement.

·         Requires all applicants for gun licenses and FID cards to sign a waiver of mental health records for review to be destroyed after decision.

·         Imposes 25% sales tax on ammunition, firearms, shotguns, and rifles; dedicates funds towards firearms licensing, police training, mental health services, and victim’s services.

·         Brings Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

·         Limits gun buyers to one firearm purchase per month. 

“Every day in America, 83 people are killed by gun violence.  Many are children. We need to stop this madness. All of the data shows that you are many more times likely to shoot yourself or someone in your family than you will ever use a gun in self-defense,” further commented Linsky. “It is time for the American people to tell their Legislators that the NRA and the gun manufacturers do not speak for them – even most gun owners believe that we need tighter restrictions on gun ownership. The overwhelming majority of Americans want these measures enacted.”

Linsky served as Chairman of House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight during the 2011-2012 legislative session, and was an Assistant District in Middlesex County for 14 years prior to becoming a State Representative. Since first being elected to the House in 1999 he has been an advocate for effective gun violence prevention and gun safety laws.  He represents Natick, Millis and Sherborn in the House.

Ryan Dubay January 19, 2013 at 03:12 AM
you have to be kidding me..... Our founding fathers are turning over in there graves... Shame on you shame... Its not even worth the argument all he wants to do is destroy this state and this country
Buzz January 19, 2013 at 06:43 AM
What an anti-American loser. He clearly has zero respect for the Constitution. Scum bag in my book.
John Gault January 19, 2013 at 01:36 PM
"Requires that all large capacity weapons and grandfathered assault weapons must be stored at gun clubs or target ranges" .... 1) Not all gun owners are members of gun clubs or target ranges. 2) Gun clubs cost hundreds of dollars to join and dues are required yearly, 3) Gun clubs LIMIT their membership becasue they can handle only so many people at the range, 4) Gun clubs and ranges do not have storage facilities for weapons, nor the liability insurance or permits to store mass quantitys of weapons, 5) The gun clubs and ranges are not open 24 hours a day so if you need your weapon...if the facility is open,,you have to drive miles/time to get it. 6) With all the weapons now in one place the criminals now have a 'one stop shop" to go to if they want to steal weapons. 7) If the police or other want to ban and conficate weapons they are all nicely in one place where the owners can't get to then first! ya this will work!
John Gault January 19, 2013 at 01:55 PM
"Requires all applicants for gun licenses and FID cards to sign a waiver of mental health records for review to be destroyed after decision" lets see if I sign this waiver how will the police know I have and where the mental health records are? Suspose they are out of state or how are back in time do I go? Is it legal for a local police chief in Mass to give this wavier to a heath care provider inTexas and ask them to provide him with the mental health records of someone who live in Texas 1-10 years ago? If the answer is no will the permit still issued? And how will we know if the records were actually destroyed? Police Chiefs will be violating the doctor patient privilage but i guess its ok.... this is just another slick round about way for State Rep. David P. Linsky and the antigun crowd to ban and limit gun ownership!
John Gault January 19, 2013 at 02:20 PM
"Imposes 25% sales tax on ammunition, firearms, shotguns, and rifles; dedicates funds towards firearms licensing, police training, mental health services, and victim’s services." Lets see now 25% to pay for firearms licensing, police training, mental health services, and victim’s services. 1)firearms licensing..isn't that what we currently pay for now? Are the costs / number of licences sky rocket are is just another revenue cathering method? 2) police training? What the police are not currently trainned? What kind of training do they need? Why do they need constantly training are a regular based on the gun 25% tax? 3) Mental health services? What services are totally appicable to the gun violence and 25% tax? Who decides where the health care 25% Tax money goes? . 4) Victims service?? What victims and what services? Is there a list of what they are and who gets them and how much and how long? This is yet another example how State Rep. David P. Linsky wants to create a bill with condition that are not define, makes no sense when you really examine what he wants to creates. He just want to create a name for himself and jump on the antigun bandwagon! He is just out to see his name in the paper

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