5/22/2018


Bill redrafted as Gun Confiscation is on the Move
 

The Red Flag Bill (aka Extreme Risk Protection Order) has been redrafted as simple Gun Confiscation.  Additionally, licensure of Stun Guns has been added to the bill, keeping vulnerable individuals vulnerable and going against the SJC views on the issue, The Supreme Court ruled that Massachusett's ban on stun guns "does a grave disservice to vulnerable individuals...who must defend themselves because the State will not."

    Red Flag gun confiscation bills that give your neighbors the power to have your firearms seized with baseless accusations and without any due process are unconstitutional and dangerous.
  
    Just last week a similar bill failed in Democrat controlled Colorado. That is how extreme, radical and unconstitutional red flag laws are.
    State Representative Decker's (D - Cambridge) bill would allow for the issuance of protective orders to infringe on Second Amendment rights based on third party allegations and little, if any, real evidence and limited due process for the respondent.  The issuance of an order would result in the immediate confiscation of all firearms and ammunition.
    Constitutional rights should only be restricted with proper due process of law.  The reasons for this are two-fold.  It limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only serious convictions and adjudications that provide greater procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable proceedings.  
    The Right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should only be restricted consistent with the constitutional requirements of due process.  Further, for truly dangerous individuals, these bills do nothing to incapacitate the subjects of the orders, so their ability to harm others wouldn't be addressed by this bill.




5/22/2018

MA Legislature Does A Grave Disservice To Vulnerable Individuals…Who Must Defend Themselves Because The State Will Not.


https://www.massgunrights.com/ma-legislature-does-a-grave-disservice-to-vulnerable-individuals-who-must-defend-themselves-because-the-state-will-not/






7/22/2017 This bill still in Committee.  No hearing date set yet.   Hope it stays there and dies.

 Posted 3/17/2017

Senator Creme (D Newton) files gun control bill

 
The assault on our rights and liberties never ceases.  The legislature is addicted to blaming and punishing legal law abiding gun owners for the crime and violence committed by CRIMINALS!   Instead of doing the right thing which is  getting the criminals off the streets, they continue to do the wrong thing because it is so much easier to 'control' and punish us and fool themselves into believing they are doing something to improve public safety!!   
 
After the Maura Healey disaster, here comes Senator Creme, (D Newton) with her bill S 1298 An Act Relative to Firearms and Firearm Violence.   https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S1298
 
Here are some gunowner punishing items included in this bill: 
 
1. Outlaw the .50BMG rifles and ammunition.  
These are rifles popular with long distance shooters.   Why are these rifles in her bill?    Not because there is any evidence that these rifles are a threat to public safety (we already know there is no evidence for that);  but because, she says, "she cannot see a credible reason why a civilian needs that kind of weapon."     So we are seeing a continuation of the anti-right mindset that abuses power by requiring citizens to 'prove a need' in order to exercise a right.   (Seems here also, Creme wants to become a 'copy-cat Maura Healey!)  
 
2.  Requirement of 'smart gun technology for all firearms and large capacity weapons.  
We have been down this road before also.   Smart gun technology was defeated for practical reasons.  For example, you're in a defensive situation  and your gun  fails and you have to get another gun quickly perhaps from a family or friend you might be with... how are you going to use that gun?  Or you may  need  to pass your gun to someone else....how are they going to use that gun?  I am sure you can think of many other situations where smart technology can mean defeat or worse death!. And how would this technology affect prices?
What do you think the criminals are going to do?  Give up and go away because all firearms will have this technology?   No, smuggling and the black market will prosper while we get 'criminalized' with more legislative tyranny. 
 
3. And to add insult to injury it will increase our (gunowners) taxes!   She wants to set up a Firearms Violence Prevention Trust and fund it with increased taxes on us!   She wants to increase the sales tax to 11% for any firearm and firearm related purchases!!  
 
Recently, Maine and New Hampshire became Constitutional Carry states.  That means now Vermont, Maine and NH have joined 10 other states across the country who are or moving to become Constitutional Carry states.   As this exciting trend is taking place, Massachusetts is moving backwards!   To quote Jim Wallace of GOAL:
 "MA legislature is so far behind the curve when it comes to recognizing our Second Amendment civil rights that they think they’re leading. Sadly we are anything but, especially when compared to what is transpiring across the country and right here in New England. While our neighbors are decriminalizing gun ownership and halting blame of gun owners, many members of the MA legislature continue with “gun blame” rhetoric, and worse, pushing legislation designed to further suppress our civil rights."
 
 concealed-carry-map
 goal.org
 
 On 1/23/2017 this bill was sent by the Senate to the Joint Committee for Public Safety and Homeland Security and on 1/23/2017 the House concurred.  
 
No further information is listed on the MA State Legislature website.   

I will update you when more information is available so we can contact our Reps and speak out against this bill.

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Massachusetts has the reputation of having the worst gun control laws in the Nation and the onslaught to our right to bear arms continues unabated.    We will be listing here the important legislation that is coming up that you should know about.  


Gun Control bills submitted to the Legislature or being proposed will be listed here soon.    


The following bills have been submitted to the Legislature by Gun Owners Action League of MA.    For more information go to www.goal.org and click on their legislation link.   


2015-16 GOAL Legislation

An Act Relative to Gun Free Zones *NEW*

This important bill, filed by Representative John C. Velis will order that a commission be established to review current and future policies regarding "gun free" zones. The commission will be tasked with reviewing current policies within the Commonwealth regarding facilities, properties, and areas where lawful citizens are not allowed to carry items for self-defense including, but not limited to, firearms, defensive sprays and knives. The commission shall work to identify potential unsafe areas within the Commonwealth and provide suggestions for increasing the safety of citizens in these areas. 
 

An Act Relative to Constitutional Rights


This legislation creates a new section of law that provides a presumption that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual civil right. For many years the courts and law enforcement entities have been confused due to the state’s poorly written laws. With a clearly defined presumption of rights, lawful citizens will be saved unnecessary harassment. Likewise the courts and law enforcement will no longer waste time and resources on lawful citizens simply exercising their civil rights.

It also provides protections against other government entities in the state from passing laws and regulations restricting that right. This will avoid a potential patchwork of laws across the Commonwealth that causes confusion. 

 

An Act Relative to Firearm Owners Protection *NEW*

On the federal level there is some legal protection for lawful gun owners traveling across the country. It is commonly referred to as FOPA, the Firearms Owners Protection Act. Basically this law allows citizens who are legal where they are starting from and going to transport firearms as long as they are unloaded and stored in the trunk or locked container. Sadly some states are causing problems with this federal protection. Because of these issues GOAL has found it prudent to file similar legislation on the state level. This bill would expand protection for people who have unexpectedly experienced travel delays 
 

An Act Relative to Consistent Firearm Licensing Practices *NEW*

Last year the state passed new laws for FID card applications. This legislation would now change the LTC laws to reflect the new changes in the FID card. In short it would do away with restrictions, make the LTC a shall issue and force local authorities to petition a court if they believed a citizens should not have a license regardless of background checks. While not perfect, it is a major step in the right direction.

 

An Act Relative to a Technical Correction of Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014 *NEW*

This is a simple technical correction piece concerning licensed collectors. In last years bill the section granting certain exemptions was incorrectly set to take affect in 2021. This correction would change that to 2015. 
 

An Act Relative to the Lawful Sale of Handguns *NEW* (re-draft)

Currently in Massachusetts we have two separate schemes that control the manufacture and sale of handguns in Massachusetts.

The first is the Attorney General’s regulations 940 CMR 16.00 that was originally initiated by Scott Harshbarger in an attempt to ban handguns without the consent of the legislature. The so-called authority to do so was predicated on the use of Chapter 93A “Consumer Protection Laws”. The Attorney General’s office could not find a single case of a consumer being harmed by a poorly manufactured handgun. Nonetheless the regulations were enacted.

The second scheme was passed into law with the 1998 Gun Control Act. The law is currently laid out in Section 123 of Chapter 140. This section provides testing and performance standards, how they were drafted no one seems to know. However, with these standards a manufacturer can submit their product for independent testing. Should the product meet the requirements they are then added to a roster of approved firearms.

The conflict now arises due to the fact that the Attorney General’s office does not formally recognize the official roster of approved firearms and warns licensed retailers of possible conflicts. Essentially what we have is a situation where two government entities from the same government are using different schemes to enforce their authority over lawful products.

This bill simply removes the Attorney General’s authority to regulate weapons and repeals the previous regulations. 
 

An Act Relative to Suppressors *NEW*

Section 10A of Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws bans the use of suppressors in Massachusetts unless the individual is a federally licensed manufacturer or law enforcement officer. This bill does away with the state prohibition. It also puts in place the federal definition for suppressor and creates severe penalties for the criminal use of such devices.

 

An Act Relative to Unloaded Rifles or Shotguns

When the 1998 Gun Control Act was passed into law there was an obvious attempt to paint gun ownership as socially unacceptable. One specific law was put in place that forced lawful gun owners to hide who they are. Section 12D of Chapter 269 makes it mandatory to hide our guns when on a public way. It also imposes very severe penalties for failure to do so, up to ten years in prison! How is it possible that a free and open state like Massachusetts could impose such punishments on lawful citizens who possess legal products? How is it possible that the same government would force a group of people to hide who they are? This bill simply removes this very insulting law. 
 

An Act Relative to the Lawful Sale of Ammunition *NEW* (re-draft)

Several years ago Attorney General Tom Reilly ruled that companies outside of Massachusetts could no longer sell ammunition or ammunition components through the mail to lawfully licensed citizens. Since the residents of the Commonwealth go through an extensive licensing process there is no reason why such transactions should not take place. This bill would make it clear that such transactions are lawful and all shipments require the signature of the licensee or adult agent. 

 

An Act Relative to Change of Address for Firearm Licensing

Under current law a Massachusetts resident who possesses an FID Card or License to Carry who moves must within 30 days notify by certified mail the issuing authority, the local authority to where they are moving and the state. Failure to provide such notifications is cause for revocation or suspension of license. There is no logical reason for such an extreme penalty.  This bill removes the harsh penalties for failure to file change of address. 
 

An Act Relative to Tax Exemptions on Gun Safes and Trigger Locks

This bill would exempt gun safes and trigger locks from Massachusetts sales tax. 

 

An Act Relative to Gun Safe Tax Deductions

This bill would encourage citizens to purchase gun safes by allowing them to deduct up to $2,000 from their state income tax returns. 
 

An Act Relative to Equitable Firearm License Fees

In 2003 the fee for a Firearms Identification Card or a License to Carry was $25. That year the fee was quadrupled to $100. This is more than double any other New England State. The cost of the license is a hurdle some citizens can simply not afford. The exorbitant fee also does not reflect the service provided by the state or local licensing authorities. When this was written, citizens were waiting up to six months for a license renewal that by law is to only take 40 days.

While no citizen should ever have to pay to exercise a civil right, this bill reduces the current license fees to a far more equitable level at $40. $20 goes to the state and $20 goes to the city/town.



An Act Relative to Non-Resident Firearm License Fees

Currently a non-resident that wishes to exercise their Second Amendment rights in the Commonwealth must obtain a one year temporary license at a cost of $100. Under the current administration those applicants must submit to an interview and are often restricted without cause.

This bill cleans up the non-resident LTC language making it a “shall issue”, extending the license to six years, establishing a prohibited person, etc. 






 
The assault on our rights and liberties never ceases.  The legislature is addicted to blaming and punishing legal law abiding gun owners for the crime and violence committed by CRIMINALS!   Instead of doing the right thing which is  getting the criminals off the streets, they continue to do the wrong thing because it is so much easier to 'control' and punish us and fool themselves into believing they are doing something to improve public safety!!   
 
After the Maura Healey disaster, here comes Senator Creme, (D Newton) with her bill S 1298 An Act Relative to Firearms and Firearm Violence.   https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S1298
 
Here are some gunowner punishing items included in this bill: 
 
1. Outlaw the .50BMG rifles and ammunition.  
These are rifles popular with long distance shooters.   Why are these rifles in her bill?    Not because there is any evidence that these rifles are a threat to public safety (we already know there is no evidence for that);  but because, she says, "she cannot see a credible reason why a civilian needs that kind of weapon."     So we are seeing a continuation of the anti-right mindset that abuses power by requiring citizens to 'prove a need' in order to exercise a right.   (Seems here also, Creme wants to become a 'copy-cat Maura Healey!)  
 
2.  Requirement of 'smart gun technology for all firearms and large capacity weapons.  
We have been down this road before also.   Smart gun technology was defeated for practical reasons.  For example, you're in a defensive situation  and your gun  fails and you have to get another gun quickly perhaps from a family or friend you might be with... how are you going to use that gun?  Or you may  need  to pass your gun to someone else....how are they going to use that gun?  I am sure you can think of many other situations where smart technology can mean defeat or worse death!. And how would this technology affect prices?
What do you think the criminals are going to do?  Give up and go away because all firearms will have this technology?   No, smuggling and the black market will prosper while we get 'criminalized' with more legislative tyranny. 
 
3. And to add insult to injuryit will increase our (gunowners) taxes!   She wants to set up a Firearms Violence Prevention Trust and fund it with increased taxes on us!   She wants to increase the sales tax to 11% for any firearm and firearm related purchases!!  
 
Recently, Maine and New Hampshire became Constitutional Carry states.  That means now Vermont, Maine and NH have joined 10 other states across the country who are or moving to become Constitutional Carry states.   As this exciting trend is taking place, Massachusetts is moving backwards!   To quote Jim Wallace of GOAL:
 "MA legislature is so far behind the curve when it comes to recognizing our Second Amendment civil rights that they think they’re leading. Sadly we are anything but, especially when compared to what is transpiring across the country and right here in New England. While our neighbors are decriminalizing gun ownership and halting blame of gun owners, many members of the MA legislature continue with “gun blame” rhetoric, and worse, pushing legislation designed to further suppress our civil rights."
 
 concealed-carry-map
 goal.org
 
 On 1/23/2017 this bill was sent by the Senate to the Joint Committee for Public Safety and Homeland Security and on 1/23/2017 the House concurred.  
 
No further information is listed on the MA State Legislature website.   

I will update you when more information is available so we can contact our Reps and speak out against this bill.

See www.goal.org/legislation for more information.