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Police Militariazed - Population Disarmed - Mass. Lawmakers May Vote Soon On Gun Bill
08 Jul 2014
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( NPR - )

BOSTON — State lawmakers could soon be debating legislation intended to strengthen Massachusetts’ already-tough gun control laws. Debate on the bill unveiled by House leaders, including Speaker Robert DeLeo, in May could happen as early as Wednesday.

The legislation would for the first time give local police chiefs the ability to deny a license for rifles or shotguns based on suitability standards and extend federal restrictions for firearm acquisition to the state level. It would also require background checks for all private gun sales.

Supporters are hoping to get the bill through the Massachusetts House and Senate and onto Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk by July 31, the end of the Legislature’s formal session.

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BostonPolice Department Reduces Costs By Using Same Evidence For Every Investigation
16 Jul 2014
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Boston, MA—Noting that the new procedure is far more efficient and has completely streamlined the investigative process, representatives from the Boston Police Department confirmed Wednesday they have been able to sharply reduce costs by reusing the same evidence in every case they handle.

“Our department used to spend considerable time and manpower scouring crime scenes for clues, obtaining search warrants, interrogating suspects, and interviewing witnesses, but since we started using the same gun and DNA swab for every crime, we’ve been able to breeze through investigations in no time,” said police chief Alec McCarthy, who stated that the Boston police have been able to close every case that has come up since the new protocol was enacted as well as make a significant dent in the department’s accumulated backlog of unsolved crimes.

“Homicide investigations would often drag on for weeks, but now we’re in and out in two hours. We knocked out a triple murder, four breaking and enterings, and two aggravated assaults with a deadly weapon just this morning, and we’re on track to wrap up a couple of old child abduction cold cases by the end of the day.”

Citing the success of the new program, the department said it is considering reusing the same signed confession for each case as well