SERIES: Guns in Massachusetts

Photo by Amanda Kaufman/BU Statehouse Program.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has fostered a new wave of interest and concern about gun-related issues across the nation. The Boston University Statehouse Program set out to learn what’s been happening across Massachusetts in schools, businesses and on Beacon Hill.

In the six-story series, reporters explore:

Gun Safety Rallies in Worcester, Boston, Ashby, Other Towns on Saturday — Massachusetts students are walking out of their classrooms and lobbying state legislators for stricter gun laws, joining a wave of young people who are demanding safer learning environments and an end to gun violence ahead of nationwide rallies Saturday. By Amanda Kaufman.

How Can We Prevent Episodes of School Violence in Massachusetts? — As student activists seek policy solutions to national gun violence, mental health providers seek innovative ways to improve solutions to school violence. Their focus: preventing the violent solutions before they occur. By Bryce Fricklas.

‘Smart Gun’ Tech isn’t New, Nor are the Flaws and Political Obstacles — Smart gun technology has been around for decades. So, where is it? The elusive nature of smart guns is due in part to technology, part to politics. By Christine Lytwynec.

Massachusetts Gun Manufacturing Industry Thrives Despite Recent Shootings — The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has shone a new spotlight on Massachusetts’ thriving firearms manufacturing industry. By Paige Smith.

Massachusetts NRA Chapter Focuses on Mental Health, Fixing Gun Laws — As the national conversation surrounding gun laws shifts in the wake of the Parkland tragedy, the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Rifle Association remains steadfast in its support of legislation that would affirm Second Amendment rights throughout the state. By Nick Neville.

Obtaining License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts May be Easier Than You Think — What does it take to get a gun in Massachusetts? A first-person account of the process required for an out-of-state resident to get a license and purchase a weapon in the commonwealth. By Samantha J. Gross.

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