Gun control

Crime and punishment

Crime and punishment

What’s the right thing to do with an 18-year-old caught with a gun?

Photographs by Mark Ostow DIANE MCMANUS SAYS her youngest child, Timothy, is “no street kid.” He was “raised in the church,” she says, a respectful son who minded the rules she set down, even as a teenager growing up in a rough patch of Dorchester off Blue Hill Avenue. But while Diane McManus was out(...)

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Mass. mayors back AG on assault weapons

Mass. mayors back AG on assault weapons

Officials are part of Healey's effort to win support for her actions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY faced a barrage of criticism in the weeks following her announcement of stepped up enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban, but the state’s top prosecutor and her allies have spent the better part of the past week trying to change the narrative by highlighting support for(...)

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Healey clears gun buyers

Healey clears gun buyers

AG may still go after dealers for sales of banned assault weapons

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY decided to allow those who bought nearly 2,300 assault weapons in Massachusetts to keep their new guns even though they were purchased after she ordered the sales stopped. But Healey has not backed away from her threat to levy criminal or civil sanctions against dealers who sold one of the banned assault(...)

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Healey clamps down on assault weapon sales

Healey clamps down on assault weapon sales

AG says manufacturers and dealers knowingly sell illegal guns in Mass.

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY has drawn a line in the sand: Beginning immediately, Massachusetts gun dealers are on notice that selling a semi-automatic rifle that doesn’t comply with the state’s ban on assault weapons will result in criminal and civil penalties. Healey made the declaration in a press conference this morning — and in an(...)

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Gun advocates protest billboards

Gun advocates protest billboards

Pressure forces Clear Channel to back off

A war of words over words erupted this week as gun rights advocates checkmated Boston developer John Rosenthal’s effort to spread his anti-gun violence message across Massachusetts via billboards. The billboards, which say “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” feature a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle with a white surrender flag in(...)

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Doctors should talk to patients about guns

Doctors should talk to patients about guns

Florida effort to muzzle physicians is bad medicine

IN 1991, PRESIDENT George Bush proclaimed March 30 as National Doctors Day, to salute physician leadership in the “prevention and treatment of illness and injury.” Physicians honor the designation; few professions have an annual national day of recognition acknowledging their work. This year, however, on the 25th anniversary of National Doctors Day, physicians across the(...)

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Hearing on DeLeo’s gun bill draws a crowd

Patrick administration wants legislation to go further

Supporters and opponents packed a State House hearing on Tuesday afternoon on House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s recently-filed bill aimed at reducing gun violence in the Commonwealth. The bill, which aims to bolster the state’s already strong gun laws, includes implementation of background checks for private gun sales; further sharing of mental health and substance abuse(...)

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The true measure of gun violence

Gun owners staged a large rally outside the State House yesterday. The show of force came as state and national lawmakers move toward tightening restrictions on firearms, whether through background checks, weapon style and magazine capacity, or purchase volume. In Massachusetts, Rep. David Linsky is pushing to make gun owners carry potentially expensive liability insurance.(...)

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