Following the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT, at least one Massachusetts legislator is looking for "meaningful" changes to gun laws.
State. Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, whose district includes Natick, Sherborn and Millis, will be hosting a gun violence strategy meeting with interested colleagues from the House and Senate on Jan. 3 to discuss the filing of meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence.
Linsky said he would really like to see a bill that limits types of guns people can own.
“That’s at the top of the list,” he said. “People are appalled at how readily accessible these are. They’re not used for hunting. They’re not used for self-defense.”
Legislation must be filed by Jan. 18.
“I’ve been involved with anti-gun violence for nearly 30 years,” Linsky said, citing his time as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County before being elected state representative.
In the past, the lifelong Natick resident has been involved in several other gun issue bills that haven’t passed, including changes in the way people get licensed and how many guns a person can buy in a certain period of time. He expects that one of those will be re-filed, with slight modifications. He said his constituents have shown a lot of support, as have his colleagues.
“I want to rally support in the State House,” Linsky said.
While the list of House and Senate members who will be attending the gun violence strategy meeting is incomplete, making it unavailable at this time, Linsky did say that enough of his colleagues are scheduled to attend that they’ve had to move the meeting to a larger room. He also wants residents to know he’s available to hear their viewpoints.
“If constituents want to talk to me, they can call my office at 617-722-2575,” he said.