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Does Massachusetts Need More Gun Control?

Some of the state's top advocates for gun laws will be speaking today.

Do assault weapons and large ammunition clips need to be banned again in the U.S.?

Advocates of expanding gun laws in Massachusetts, including some top law enforcement officials, spoke on the subject Thursday in Boston, according to the Boston Herald. 

Those who spoke at the Art Institute Boston included the State Public Safety Secretary, a State Police Major, Boston's Police Commissioner and the chairman of Stop Handgun Violence, a nonprofit that supports further gun control, according to the Herald. They asked Sen. Scott Brown and others in congress to end their opposition to a ban of assault rifles and high volume ammunition clips.

A spokesmen for Brown told the Boston Globe that the Senator believes such control should be up to states. In 2004, then-Governor Mitt Romney approved a permanent ban on assault weapons in Massachusetts. A federal assault weapon ban passed in 1994 expired in 2004 and hasn't since been renewed.

The Brady Campaign, a gun control advocacy group, ranked Massachusetts as having the third-strongest gun control laws in the country in 2011, trailing California and New Jersey.

But many guns come over the border from nearby states with looser laws. According to the Globe, 212 of 1,020 guns recovered in Massachusetts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that were traced by to their state of origin came from either New Hampshire or Maine.

PGRD August 05, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Of course assault weapons and large ammunition clips should be banned. They have nothing to do with the second amendment. There are laws but there are so many loopholes and such weak enforcement that they are completely ineffective.
c ellis August 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Enforce the laws we have. The bad guys don't get their guns legitimately where there is a will there is a way...
Just a person! August 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Are you for real? Mass. Has the strictest gun laws now, Everyone should have one, Then the criminals would think twice about pulling the s--- they do now. They would think twice about breaking into a house , not knowing if there was another person with a gun on the other side, robbing a store if the clerk had a gun they would think twice, More guns in the hands of responsible people is what we need, not more gun laws!
Darren Kirkland August 08, 2012 at 05:35 PM
It's already against the law to steal from someone, yet people are still robbed. It's against the law to assault someone, yet people are beat up all the time, and robbed. It's against the law to murder(not kill) someone, yet people continue to murder. What makes any person with a cognizant and concious ability to reason think that a law to ban any kind of gun will be effective in any way? Isn't it a good thing we don't have laws that would punish you people for beeing too gullible, or just plain foolish?
Darren Kirkland August 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Can't wait to see any responses...

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