Already known for adopting some of the country’s toughest gun con­trol laws, Mass­a­chu­setts law­makers may soon debate whether to restrict firearms access even further.

Democ­rats in the Leg­is­la­ture are preparing to unveil a sweeping gun safety bill that’s expected to put new limits on gun licensing, restrict pri­vate sales, expand back­ground checks for gun buyers and strengthen reporting rules for gun owners with mental health issues, said a spokesman for House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

DeLeo sees an oppor­tu­nity to main­tain the state’s rep­u­ta­tion as a bas­tion for gun con­trol, said DeLeo’s Chief of Staff Seth Gitell. The speaker plans to unveil leg­is­la­tion in the next few weeks, he said, so it can be taken up before the end of ses­sion July 31.

The reforms will arrive a year and a half after the mass shooting of 20 first-​​graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School in New­town, Conn., reignited the gun debate in the United States. While that prompted other states, including New York and Con­necticut, to strengthen gun con­trol, momentum for fed­eral restric­tions has stalled in Congress.

DeLeo’s bill would follow many of the rec­om­men­da­tions of a leg­isla­tive task force headed by Jack McDe­vitt, asso­ciate dean for research for the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties at North­eastern University.

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