- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Here are key provisions of a Massachusetts gun safety bill announced Tuesday by House Democratic leaders:

- Requires that Massachusetts join National Instant Background Check System and transmit information, including any substance abuse or mental health commitments, to a federal database for use by police in reviewing firearms applications. Requires courts that order substance abuse or mental health commitments report information to state Criminal Justice Information Services so it can be added to federal database.

- Requires background checks before all private gun purchases and mandates that licensed gun dealers obtain criminal offender record information (CORI) on prospective employees.

- Requires schools to hire resource officers to develop responses to mental health needs of students, and provide suicide awareness and prevention training to teachers and other school personnel at least once every three years.

- Establishes criminal fines and possible jail sentences for licensed firearms dealers who fail to report a lost or stolen weapon. Also increases the fines that gun owners face for failing to report a lost or stolen weapon.

- Requires suitability standards for the issuance of firearms identification cards needed for the purchase of rifles or shotguns, matching process used by local police chiefs for issuing licenses to carry concealed weapons. Creates a special commission to establish uniform suitability standards.

- Eliminates separate “Class B” license for carrying a non-large capacity firearm in the open.

- Increases penalties for improper storage of firearms.

- Calls for a single standard curriculum for gun safety training.

- Eliminates current 90-day waiver for gun owners awaiting license renewals; keeps license in effect until state acts on renewal application.

- Requires local investigative agencies to trace any firearm used in a crime.

- Increases penalties for carrying a gun on school grounds; creates a special commission to help develop school emergency response plans and requires schools to have available two-way communication systems with police and fire departments.

- Creates penalties for carrying a firearm while intoxicated.

Source: Massachusetts House Speaker’s office, task force report on reducing firearm violence.

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