Massachusetts State Rep. Dan Ryan (D-Charlestown) spoke out this week regarding his thoughts on a new piece of gun violence legislation.
The comprehensive gun violence legislation was announced by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo last month, and the bill authorizes a police chief to deny a firearm identification card for a rifle or shotgun based on a “suitability” standard, extends federal restrictions for firearm acquisition to the state level, and prohibits a convicted felon from acquiring a FID card.
Last week, the state’s largest gun rights organization held at rally on Beacon Hill speaking out against the bill that it says will not deter gun crimes in the state, which currently has some of the toughest laws in the country.
Several neighborhood members reportedly reached out to Ryan, who represents the Second Suffolk District including Charlestown and Chelsea, about the bill, which he signed onto as a co-sponsor, and the State Rep. responded with a full statement, according to Charlestown Neighborhood Watch.
"I am proud to say that my young career is highlighted by this bill being the first that I signed onto as a co-sponsor," he said in a statement. "Massachusetts is already a national leader in firearms safety and gun control. This bill allows the Commonwealth to continue to be a national leader on this critical public health issue."