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Top Massachusetts Democrats still examining gun law options



Matt Murphy

Senate President Karen Spilka on Monday did not rule out the Legislature attempting to revise the state’s gun permit laws over the next two weeks to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling limiting the ability of states to restrict someone’s ability to carry a firearm in public.

Spilka, who helped brief reporters about an emerging economic development and tax reform bill, said gun safety is something the Legislature has not taken off the table as the formal legislative session winds down. “We’re looking at it, definitely,” she said.

The Supreme Court last month struck down a New York law that put restrictions on someone’s ability to obtain a permit to carry a gun in public for self-defense. The ruling has had impacts in a handful of other states, including Massachusetts.

Attorney General Maura Healey has advised local police chiefs that the state law allowing concealed carry permit applications to be denied if someone cannot demonstrate “good reason” for carrying their weapon outside the home can no longer be enforced in light of the ruling.

The Globe reported Sunday that the result has been some cities like Boston taking steps to lift restrictions on existing permits.

Spilka did not say precisely what changes lawmakers were considering, but she said leaders in both branches were mindful of the calendar, with formal sessions for the year due to end on July 31. “We are currently looking at that and that’s something that actually has been raised to take a look in working with the AG to make sure whatever language we take up is what’s needed to specifically address the Supreme Court decision and to make it tight, to make it clear so that if we’re going to do something to get it to the governor’s desk quickly and in time before the sessions is over,” Spilka said.



  1. Ken Masson

    July 19, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Sure all non felons could get carrying permit but make it as hard as possible. Require that they have to go through a police weapons obstacle cost where they can prove they could be a good guy with a gun. The problem with anybody carrying is if they’re totally untrained instead of taking out the perpetrator they will take her out innocent bystanders. If police officers have to take extensive gun training to carry on the streets citizens should also have to go through the same training or keep your gun locked up at home where it is safest.

    The Christian fascist radical minority has taken over our Supreme Court. Now a minority of unelected judges are making law.

  2. MortisMaximus

    July 21, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Let’s make sure the bad guys with guns go through the same course, not cost, as Ken Moronic states. What a ridiculous statement Ken Moronic is officially the dumbest poster I have ever come across in my 50 years. Get out of my life and stop trolling with your 56 IQ. What a total loser you are Ken. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Your posts are getting worse over time. You have officially become the laughing stock of Fall River Reporter! You are shameful!

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