VICTORY FOR MASSACHUSETTS FAMILIES: GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS BIPARTISAN GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION

Moms look forward to positive impact on the safety of Massachusetts communities

The Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America commends Governor Patrick as well as the House of Representative and Senate for passing bipartisan comprehensive gun safety legislation (H.4376) that will save lives in the Commonwealth. “An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence,” signed today, provides a mechanism to close dangerous loopholes ensure criminal background checks are conducted on all gun sales.

Additionally, the bill will require the Commonwealth to submit the records of those prohibited from buying guns due to mental health reasons to the national gun background check system.

“With the stroke of Governor Patrick’s pen today, Massachusetts is now a leader for the rest of the nation in passing common-sense gun reform while continuing to respect the second amendment rights we all value,” said Molly Malloy, chapter leader of the Massachusetts Chapter of Moms Demand Action. “The single most effective thing we can do to keep guns out of dangerous hands and reduce the number of Americans killed with guns every day is require criminal background checks on all sales to close the loophole that allows felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns. Real leadership is what will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and we are grateful to have leaders on this issue taking action to protect our families in the commonwealth.”

ADDITITONAL BACKGROUND
  • Background checks are a sensible reform that Americans overwhelmingly agree on – polls consistently show that 90 percent of the country – including 82 percent of gun owners and 74 percent of NRA members – support criminal background checks on all gun sales.
  • Background checks are quick and easy – they take about 90 seconds to complete.
  • Since its inception in 1993, the gun background check system has blocked more than 2.2 million felons and other dangerous people from buying guns.
  • Since 1993, federal law has required that prospective gun buyers pass a background check when shopping at a licensed gun dealer, a process that typically takes 90 seconds or less. However, millions of records identifying seriously mentally ill people as prohibited gun purchasers are missing from the federal background check database—or the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – because of lax reporting by state agencies. For more information, please click here.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2 million supporters including moms, mayors, survivors, and everyday Americans who are fighting for reforms that respect the Second Amendment and protect people. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand