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Statement of Mayor Walsh on Speaker DeLeo's Act to reduce gun violence

July 8, 2014

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

I applaud Speaker DeLeo for his tireless work over the last year to produce sensible gun legislation that will make a lasting and meaningful impact on the Commonwealth. While Massachusetts has some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation, I stand with the Speaker in knowing that more action is needed. In 2013, 46% of all traceable crime guns recovered in the City of Boston originated from Massachusetts, and of those guns, 37% are making their way from a legal gun owner or dealer to a criminal in 3 years or less.  These numbers show that we can and must do better for the people of Boston and the Commonwealth. As this bill moves through the House Committee on Ways & Means, I urge my partners in the House of Representatives and Senate to act favorably on this legislation as it is an integral part in our shared efforts to combat gun violence.