Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts.
An invitation being circulated Monday pointed to a 10 a.m. bill-signing ceremony at the Grand Staircase on the second floor of the State House. A Patrick aide confirmed the bill will be signed at that time.
Lawmakers in late July agreed on final details of the bill (H 4376), which received support from both gun control advocacy groups and the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League. The National Rifle Association opposed the bill prior to its passage, telling lawmakers “it isn’t difficult to imagine” ways for government officials to abuse discretionary licensing powers granted under the legislation.
The bill lays out a “suitability” process for police to petition the courts to deny a firearm identification card needed to use a shotgun or rifle, authorizes licensed gun dealers to access criminal offender record information, and increases the fine for failure to report a lost or stolen firearm. The bill also establishes penalties for gun dealers who fail to report a lost or stolen weapon.