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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.

Bob Canning February 02, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Mr. Linksy is a representative, he is supposed to represent support for our rights, not to legislate against them. I am still waiting for someone to make it harder to be a criminal, not harder to be a law abiding citizen. I respect your choice not to own a firearm(voluntary helplessness is a choice), respect my choice and given(naturally, not governmentally), right to own one.
Michael Barrett February 02, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Bob, Linsky follows the Democrat belief system. They know what you need better than you. See they are the enlightened and everyone else is not worthy. Pretty comical, the stuff coming from Linksy and his mediocre mind. The average MA state rep is weak minded. Linksy deams to be average.
Bob Canning February 02, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Amazingly, not a single proposal making it more difficult to be a criminal has been introduced, waiting...
Chad Brower February 21, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Not only is this legislation useless and cowardly because it only targets legal firearms owners it also unfairly targets the poor. If they require for insurance then make that insurance prohibitively expensive it would make it impossible for the law abiding lower income families to afford. Is that your intention Mr Linsky? To target the poor so they can't buy firearms legally?
Private Snowball February 28, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I assume illegals will still be free to carry as they don't have to follow any laws. i would also assume Linsky and his liberal buddies will give them guns for free so they can protect against the evil tax paying Americans. Linsky is the problem with Massachusetts.

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