BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of Massachusetts residents have rallied on Beacon Hill in support of legislation to reduce gun violence, joining similar gathering elsewhere in the country sparked by the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
U.S. Rep. Ed Markey and state Rep. David Linsky of Natick addressed about 200 people who attended Saturday's rally, asking participants to contact their elected representatives and press them to support gun control.
Linsky, a former Middlesex County prosecutor, is the lead sponsor of legislation to require liability insurance for gun owners, among other proposals to tighten state gun laws.
He and other supporters of the bill filed last week say it would give those injured by a weapon a legal recourse, and create financial incentives that could reduce accidents and fatalities.
Other proposals are also being introduced.