On Wednesday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed an extensive package of gun control legislation. It “allows police chiefs to ask courts to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy guns to individuals they feel are unfit to obtain them, toughens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates an online portal for background checks in private gun sales, carves out a firearms trafficking unit within the state’s police department and requires that Massachusetts join the National Instant Background Check System,” writes The Huffington Post‘s Samantha Lachman.

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State lawmakers from both parties agreed on the bill last month, and it was supported by gun violence prevention groups and the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League.