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Massachusetts Senate to debate sweeping gun bill

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BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate has released its own version of a sweeping gun bill.

The legislation includes many of the elements of a bill approved by the House last week.

Like the House, the Senate bill would create a web-based portal to allow for real-time background checks in private gun sales and set up a firearms trafficking unit within the State Police.

It would also require police chiefs to explain in writing when they deny a gun license.

Both bills also require schools to have access to two-way communication devices with police and fire departments and mandate that Massachusetts joins the National Instant Background Check System. That includes transmitting information about substance abuse or mental health commitments to a federal database for use by police in reviewing firearms applications.

The bill is scheduled for debate Thursday.

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