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Gun-Ban Bill Future Remains Unclear

October 4, 2023

A bill that would ban certain types of rifles, pistols, and shotguns still has not been referred to a specific committee of the Massachusetts Legislature, 100 days after it was filed.

The high-profile bill, filed June 26 by state Representative Michael Seamus Day (D-Stoneham), has divided the leadership of the Massachusetts House and Senate over an administrative question – which legislative committee should consider the bill.

The House wants it to go to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, while the Senate wants it to go to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Spokesmen for House Speaker Ron Mariano (D-Quincy) told State House News Service on Tuesday, October 3 that the speaker intends to take up the bill this fall, but would not commit to a timeline.

As New Boston Post reported in August, the bill would ban approximately 141 rifles, 47 pistols, and 16 shotguns. One opponent estimates it would ban more than 1 million privately owned firearms in Massachusetts.

 

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