DC: Boston city officials plan on pushing legislation requiring doctors to ask patients whether or not they possess firearms in their homes.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration said Wednesday that the step would be taken to help health care providers statewide “play a larger role in addressing gun violence” by identifying red flags or patients at risk of suicide or domestic violence.
“We’re just asking them to help identify ways to save lives,” Boston Police Commissioner William Gross told the Boston Business Journal, adding that the legislation won’t suggest that doctors should solve crimes and that owning guns won’t be included in patients’ medical records.
The Walsh administration also proposed targeting gun violence by instituting fines up to $2,000 on gun owners’ vehicles that are used to transport “illegal weapons.” Similarly, the administration proposed that all Massachusetts police agencies submit ballistic evidence into national databases – something which New Jersey and Delaware already mandate. Both New Jersey and Delaware use the ballistic system NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistics Information Network) which compares guns and shell casings to ID shooters.
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