Springfield mayor to call for tougher gun laws
Aug. 02, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is planning to testify before the Legislature's Public Safety Committee on ways to reduce gun violence.
The committee has been holding a series of public hearings on dozens of bills proposing changes to the state's gun laws.
On Friday, the committee holds a hearing at American International College in Springfield.
Sarno is calling for a clampdown on illegal guns, tougher bail and sentencing guidelines for gun crimes and strengthened mental health treatment and background checks.
Sarno is also pushing for the editing of violent video games and limits on high capacity firearms.
The push to update the state's already strict gun control laws was sparked by the shooting rampage at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Not all the bills would limit access to guns. One would repeal Massachusetts' assault weapons ban.