State rep. visiting Greenfield for gun policy discussion

Staff Report

Published: 05-01-2023 12:32 PM

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Michael Day, D-Stoneham, will be in Greenfield on Tuesday as part of a statewide tour to hear from hunters and gun enthusiasts about Massachusetts firearm policies.

The stop is scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s Cohn Dining Commons.

“We have heard concerns that some of our firearm laws are penalizing our responsible gun owners,” Day said in a statement. “We hope this stop on the tour provides legislators and the public with the opportunity to engage in productive dialogue around our firearm safety laws and the impacts they have on all of our residents.”

The listening tour was organized in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision, which held that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. With the rise of gun violence and the ongoing threat of mass shootings, Massachusetts House Speaker Ronald Mariano tasked Day, who serves as House chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, with conducting a comprehensive review of Massachusetts gun laws.

This will be the third of nearly a dozen stops on the Legislature’s listening tour, which will visit each region of Massachusetts and focus on different aspects of the state’s web of laws and regulations relating to firearms.

The panel discussion will focus on the impact firearm laws have on Massachusetts residents who sell guns and engage in sporting and recreational firearm usage. At Tuesday’s meeting, lawmakers will hear from members of state sportsmanship coalitions, firearm dealers, conservation and wildlife experts, and the general public.

“Discussions and action around gun safety are needed now more than ever,” Greenfield Community College President Michelle Schutt said in a statement, “so we welcome our state representatives and the community to the GCC campus to have these difficult but needed conversations.”

Following the panel discussion, which is expected to last about an hour, members of the audience will be invited to ask questions and share insights.

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