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DeLeo pushes tighter gun law

More police say on ownership; curbs on sales

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo unveiled a proposal Tuesday for the most comprehensive changes to Massachusetts gun laws in 16 years, saying that the state cannot wait for federal action to curb gun violence.

Under the bill, local police would be given expanded discretion to consider a person’s “suitability” to own a gun, the state would join a national database for criminal and mental-health background checks, and all private sales of firearms would be conducted in the presence of a licensed dealer.

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