The Massachusetts chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement applauding Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Massachusetts State Police for their leadership after announcing new advanced training for local law enforcement on their responsibility to conduct comprehensive and timely inspections of gun dealers.
“We applaud Governor Maura Healey, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security for taking concrete steps to hold gun dealers accountable for any violations of state or federal law,” said Jennifer Robinson, a volunteer with the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Too often, gun dealers have been able to avoid accountability for the role they play in our nation’s gun violence crisis. We are grateful that under Governor Healey’s leadership, law enforcement will now be equipped with the training and tools needed to ensure that all Massachusetts gun dealers are complying with critical laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
In an average year in Massachusetts, 255 people die by guns and 557 people are wounded. Gun violence costs Massachusetts $3.5 billion each year, of which $85.4 million is paid by taxpayers. More information on gun violence in Massachusetts is available here.