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.

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