As one step, the speaker is creating a commission, which will include outside experts, to take a comprehensive look at the state’s gun laws. Led by Jack McDevitt, a criminal justice specialist and associate dean at Northeastern University, the panel will be charged with determining what works and what does not.
McDevitt, who met with DeLeo on Wednesday, said the speaker had asked him to be “as comprehensive as I could be, to really look at the intersection of guns, mental health, and school safety, and try to act as a bit of an academic resource for the Legislature to look at what is being done around the country.”
McDevitt said he wants the commission to include members with experience in law enforcement, mental health, school and child safety, and gun licensing. He said he hoped to send out invitations for members last week, hold the first meeting shortly afterward, and report back by early summer.