BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Testimony was underway at the State House as Massachusetts lawmakers consider sweeping gun control legislation.
Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino were among those to testify before a hearing of the Public Safety Committee at the Statehouse on Friday.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports
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The committee has been holding hearings on nearly 60 gun-related bills across the state this summer.
Patrick’s legislation would tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, create four new types of firearms-related crimes and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.
Supporters of tougher gun measures who attended the hearing included Nicole Hockley, Mark Barden, and other parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“I didn’t sign up for this. This isn’t what I thought was going to be my career for life,” Hockley said outside the hearing. “But this is my life going forward. And I will not falter in that resolve.”
Barden echoed that statement, saying he felt it was his duty to push the legislation.
“It’s hard to wake up in the morning. Every minute of the day there’s a trigger that reminds you that our children have been murdered. At the same time, I think that’s also what drives us,” Barden said.
Kim Odom, the mother of 15-year-old murder victim Stephen Odom also testified in support of the bills.
“What parent would knowingly expose their child to this danger?” she asked. “We must raise the moral consciousness of our society.”
Critics say the bill goes too far and would punish law-abiding gun owners, and gun rights advocates plan to speak out.
Several dozen gun rights advocates also attended the hearings, with many arguing that gun control legislation doesn’t work.
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Source: CBS local Boston