Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said the senseless shooting death of a teenage Boston honors student this weekend should prompt lawmakers to act on a stalled measure that would target machine gun ownership, the Boston Herald reports.
Jaewon Martin, 14, was gunned down Saturday as he and a friend were playing at a basketball court at a housing project. Licensing of dangerous automatic weapons has skyrocketed – even though an 8-year-old boy was killed using one at a gun show more than two years ago. Some lawmakers have bristled at Patrick's legislation, which they say goes too far and would strip law abiding gun owners of their rights. The pending bill would limit gun sales to one firearm a month and ban anyone who isn't the licensed owner or a police officer from having a machine gun.