Governor Deval Patrick Proposes New Gun Control Measures

Shortly before President Obama unveiled his proposals for gun control today, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced his own set of proposals which he will elaborate on tomorrow during the State of the State Address.

(Reuters) – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick introduced a new series of gun laws on Wednesday that would tighten rules on sales of weapons and ammunition, in the wake of last month’s deadly school shooting in neighboring Connecticut. […]

The proposed Massachusetts legislation would require gun buyers to undergo background checks even when they made purchases at gun shows, limit buyers to purchasing one gun per month and reduce access to high-powered ammunition.

It would also require state courts to share relevant mental health records with state and criminal databases used to conduct background checks on potential gun buyers.

There is very real momentum building for gun control, but from the way things appear at the moment, gun control could wind up being very segregated in the sense that certain areas of the country will have strict laws while other areas will be the wild west. Hence the need for federal laws backed by federal courts. Laws which, contrary to the hopes and desires of the Right, cannot be nullified on a whim.

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  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    …gun control could wind up being very segregated in the sense that certain areas of the country will have strict laws while other areas will be the wild west.

    Those wild west states will end up making a fortune by weapons trafficking. Dealers in AZ are already making a killing, literally and figuratively. I hope New York, Mass, Illinois, etc are all ready to step up enforcement on trafficking and improve cooperation with the Feds on these kinds of things. The ATF is going to grow because of it too. Too bad I’m too old to apply to be an agent now–I have all the qualifications….darnit.

  • Draxiar

    Purely as a social experiment I’d like to see what happens with states that increase gun regulation as opposed to those that don’t. We’d check back in 10 years and see where the statistics end up state by state.
    The unfortunate part of this experiment would be the likely death of innocent people…so I do hope the regulation is passed on a national scale.