- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - An organization representing Massachusetts gun owners is criticizing a new report by a task force that examined state gun laws, saying most of the panel’s recommendations would put more burdens on law-abiding citizens.

The Gun Owners Action League, or GOAL, released a critique Tuesday of the report issued by the task force created by House Speaker Robert DeLeo after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

GOAL director Jim Wallace says the report that seeks a more uniform approach to firearms licensing and training fails to recognize that the state’s existing laws have not prevented an increase in gun violence since 1998.

DeLeo plans to use the panel’s recommendations as a basis for new gun control legislation.

Wallace’s group has already filed a bill that respects the rights of lawful gun owners.

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