Marty Walsh on Gun Control



Proposed giving money to states that enact gun regulation

Walsh has called for gun control. The mayor, alongside Sen. Ed Markey, unveiled a comprehensive firearm restriction bill in 2018 dubbed the Making America Safe and Secure, or MASS act, which would give monetary incentives for states who enact forms of gun regulation, according to Boston Magazine. The bill would have allowed the Justice Department to set aside $20 million annually to award states who implement firearms reform, Boston Magazine reported.
Source: Daily Caller News on 2021 Cabinet Confirmation Hearings , Jan 8, 2021

Stopping illegal gun trafficking is a top priority

Marty made stopping illegal gun trafficking a top priority and is committed to ridding Boston of the illegal guns used in crimes. He launched an annual New England Regional Gun Violence Summit, to fight the interstate trafficking that brings illegal guns to Boston. In 2015, Mayor Walsh signed an ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces, making residents aware of the danger of replica handguns and increasing the dialogue about their consequences with Boston's young people.
Source: 2020 Boston Mayoral campaign website MartyWalsh.com , Dec 31, 2020

Called out McConnell for blocking background checks bill

When Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was asked what he can do to help, he responded he could work with other mayors to put pressure on the Senate. "I have a message for Mitch McConnell--do your job!" Mayor Walsh said. Walsh, a Democrat, was referring to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has refused to hold a vote on a bipartisan background checks bill that cleared the House.
Source: NBC Boston on Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings , Mar 12, 2018

Opposes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

In Boston, but we've come a long way. We're grateful for the common-sense laws that help us do our jobs. We will fight any national policy that threatens to send us backward.

That includes a bill called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which passed in the House last week. It would force each state to recognize the concealed-carry standards of every other state, even those with dramatically weaker standards for who can get their hands on a gun. Given that the gun lobby has blocked the creation of a national database, it would be extremely difficult for local police to determine whether those out-of-state permits were even legitimate. Law enforcement all over the country strongly opposes this legislation.

If the US Senate passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity, people from other states who have criminal histories, who would never pass a background check in Massachusetts, would be able to carry a loaded, concealed gun into our neighborhoods. We know this is a bad idea.

Source: Martin Walsh & William Evans OpEd in Boston Globe , Dec 14, 2017

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