Legislation addresses ghost guns, sensitive places, safety training.

Boston, Mass., October 10, 2023 – Today, Brady, GIFFORDS, the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action – part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, and Stop Handgun Violence issued the following statements applauding the introduction of comprehensive gun safety legislation titled An Act Modernizing Firearm Laws by the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary Michael Day.

The measure will take forward-thinking steps to ensure people carrying guns in public receive rigorous safety training, update Massachusetts’ assault weapons prohibition and ensure that it is enforced, prohibit ghost guns, keep guns out of sensitive public spaces including schools and government buildings, promote innovative and emerging gun safety technologies, and more.

Kris Brown, President of Brady:

"Reducing gun violence requires a comprehensive approach, and this package of bills contains numerous policies that will ensure that Massachusetts families are better protected. In particular, designating government buildings, polling places and schools as sensitive places and expanding dealer oversight will help stop the cycle of violence and prevent gun violence before it begins. We applaud Chairman Day for introducing this life-saving legislation."

Sean Holihan, GIFFORDS State Legislative Director, said:

"Massachusetts has one of the lowest gun death rates in the country, but must address growing problems like ghost guns and last year’s Supreme Court decision. This package of gun safety bills will not only address these new issues but also strengthen Massachusetts’ existing laws. GIFFORDS applauds Chairman Day for introducing this critical legislation and we urge the legislature to quickly pass it.”

Ruth Zakarin, Executive Director, MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, said:

“Massachusetts communities continue to be traumatized by gun violence, and we have too many families in the Commonwealth grieving the loss of loved ones. Gun violence is an incredibly complex issue, one that requires a comprehensive and multilayered response. This bill provides just that, strengthening a variety of policies along with tackling new issues that need immediate attention. We are grateful to Chair Day for his work on this legislation and look forward to working with our state leaders to ensure its passage.”

Lynn Grilli, Co-Chapter Leader of Massachusetts Moms Demand Action, said:

“Our Commonwealth has led by example, demonstrating strong gun laws work and save lives– but as guns continue to be the leading cause of death among children and teens in the country we must do more to address the gun violence crisis. This comprehensive bill equips Massachusetts with the tools and resources necessary to save lives before tragedy strikes. We strongly support this important bill and are grateful to Chairman Day and Speaker Mariano for their steadfast leadership in the fight against gun violence. We urge Representatives to join us in support and bring it to the House floor for a vote.”

John Rosenthal, Founder and Chair Stop Handgun Violence, said:

“As promised, House Speaker Mariano and Representative Day have taken action to renew the omnibus gun safety bill. By closing dangerous loopholes, this legislation will help keep guns out of the hands of people who are legally prohibited from buying firearms. These bills will absolutely save lives and endless grief without any inconvenience to law-abiding gun owners like me. They will also continue to make Massachusetts the safest state with the most effective gun violence prevention laws and lowest gun death rate in the nation.”

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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