Mass. lawmakers plan series of gun bill hearings
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts lawmakers are planning a series of public hearings across the state on proposed changes to the state's gun laws.
The first hearing by the Public Safety Committee is scheduled for June 19 at Cape Cod Community College.
The committee is looking at more than 60 gun bills that touch on everything from mental health and school safety to background checks and hunting issues.
The renewed focus on gun issues comes in the wake of the shooting of 20 first-graders and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Gov. Deval Patrick has filed a gun control bill to restrict gun owners to one firearms purchase a month.
Patrick's bill would also tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.