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February 4, 2014

Changes proposed to state's gun laws

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Stop Handgun Violence founder John Rosenthal has said the state should include “copycat” weapons among the list of banned “assault” weapons. The report did not contain such a recommendation.

The report also notes the relative safety Massachusetts residents enjoy. Between 2001 and 2010, the nation’s per capita gun homicide rate was 2.5 times higher than Massachusetts; total gun deaths were 3 times higher in the nation at large; and nationally people committed suicide by gun at a rate 3.5 times higher than in Massachusetts. Generally 13 percent of Bay State households report having a gun, putting it near the lowest gun ownership rate in America, below Hawaii and sometimes below New Jersey.

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