Mass. bill would require gun liability insurance


BOSTON (FOX 25 / — Under a new gun control initiative, Massachusetts gun owners would be required to purchase liability insurance in case their firearm was ever used to injure someone.

The proposal is included in a gun control measure at the Statehouse which would also change standards for gun licenses and outlaw large capacity magazines.

Under the bill being filed today, individuals applying for gun permits in Massachusetts would have to show proof of firearms insurance.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. David Linksy, compares the change to the requirement that car owners have auto insurance before registering their vehicles. Linksy, who has worked in gun violence prevention for 30 years, says requiring insurance could create market-based gun safety incentives.

Gun owners could see their insurance drop if they agreed to take a firearms training course and properly stored their weapons.

Gov. Deval Patrick is pushing his own gun control measure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.