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Gun Control Bill In Massachusetts Expected By October

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Massachusetts state legislators, who spent the summer listening to people comment on the highly-charged gun control issue are set to write a comprehensive bill.

   The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held five public hearings across the state from Cape Cod to Springfield.  The last one was Friday at the Statehouse.  Each regional hearing was attended by about 500 people and lasted more than six hours. House chairman  Harold Naughton said the hearings produced a lot of thoughtful ideas

   Naughton said he expects the final bill will address the issues of school safety, mental health, firearms licensing issues and gun trafficking.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.