Gov. Deval Patrick first proposed new gun legislation back in January, less than one month after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Friday, Patrick and parents of two of the 20 children who died last year at Sandy Hook spoke in front of the legislature's Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
On top of gun regulations, he asked legislators to allow Massachusetts to share mental health records with a national criminal background check system.
"Like you, while I believe government can't make us safe all on its own, government must do all it can," Patrick stated.
In front of hundreds that packed a Statehouse auditorium, the governor urged the committee to take even more steps to strengthen gun laws in the Bay State.
"There is more we can do, and therefore should do, to make consequences of illegal gun ownership and illegal gun use more significant," said Patrick.
"We already have laws," said John Troy, president of the Springfield Sportsman's Club. "I feel the current laws are not enforced."
Troy, as well as several legislators, have pointed out that Massachusetts is already home to some of the country's strictest gun laws. He told CBS 3 that more effort needs to be made towards mental health.
"Certain individuals probably shouldn't have guns or firearms," said Troy. "Unfortunately, the way the system is right now, those checks are not in place."
Whatever the solution, Troy admits it will take everyone working together to make it happen.
"It's not just a problem with the legislature, the criminal justice system, the prosecutors, or the police," said Troy. "It's a problem that's across the board. It's a big social problem."
Friday's hearing was the last scheduled hearing for the committee.
The chair, State Rep. Harold Naughton, told CBS 3 he expects to file a gun legislation bill by the end of the month.
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