Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D) will seek to add further restrictions to the state's already-tough gun laws, the Boston Globe reported on Monday.
DeLeo said he is confident that there "will be some movement" on gun policy during this legislative session.
“There is a feeling among all of us — from the administration to the Senate to us — that this is one of the priority subject matters for us to address this session. I do feel there will be some movement,” DeLeo told the Globe. “We’ve got to do something about it.”
From the Globe:
DeLeo did not speculate on how gun laws might change, but the outlines of a prospective House bill show that legislators are almost certain to reexamine restrictions on semiautomatic assault rifles, one of which was used in the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn.
The weapons are banned in Massachusetts if manufactured after 1994, but that cutoff allows residents to own older versions and outfit them with high-capacity ammunition clips, lawmakers said. That loophole, similar to one in a federal ban that expired in 2004, is expected to draw close scrutiny from legislators.