The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, which includes LWVMA, held a lobby day at the State House on Wednesday, Nov. 6, starting at 10 a.m. Attendees reinforced the public’s demand for such legislation, and told their Senators and Representatives that we want meaningful gun safety legislation in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is a statewide network of groups working together to pass meaningful new gun laws in Massachusetts and nationally. The Coalition expects that proposed legislation will include bringing Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Check System for background checks. The
Coalition members also identified four key priorities for any proposed bill:
- Universal background checks whenever a gun is sold at the time of sale, including all private and internet sales;
- Extending the suitability standard for licensing to include firearm identification cards;
- Purchases limited to one gun a month;
- Improved data collection and sharing on the sources of guns used in crimes.
LWVMA has testified at all five hearings the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held on gun legislation. Lobby day enabled legislators to hear from people in their districts on this topic.