GOAL: Happy with historic legislation, NRA: Gun bill is egregious

Marc Lombardo just posted on Facebook, two decidedly different views of the attack on gun rights being voted on today in the legislature.  It is notable because GOAL is officially the Massachusetts Chapter of the NRA.

Where do you stand?  Me? I think they have Stockholm Syndrome.

After the Jump see the full text of the GOAL and NRA statements.

July 31, 2014

Dear Legislators:

Before you today is an historic opportunity. Never before has our Legislature seen a piece of legislation concerning gun trafficking that is supported so widely by so many – including gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL).

The deliberations in the House built a great foundation upon which the Senate added, eventually crafting a conference committee bill that GOAL can and will support.  We are excited to have been a part of the process to craft this uniqua nd historic piece of legislation you will be voting on today.

Throught hte process, we were able to carefully craft a proposal that includes:

* Improving school safety planning;

* Upgrading National Instant Check System (NICS) information our states(sp) sends;

* Enancing mental health background checks;

*Making firearm background checks consistent with federal policy;

* Creating the Criminal Firearms and Trafficking Division of the State Police;

* Centralizing firearm crime scene data collection;

* Heightening illegal firearm trafficking crimes and punishments;

* Creating a new charge for committing burglary wiht the intent to steal firearms;

* Creating a new charge of giving a prohibited person a firearm;

* Reforming the firearm licensing process;

* A variety of legal reforms that gun owners have long needed.

While no legislation is perfect, many people have worked extremely hard to make this piece of legislation work.

We, at GOAL, are proud to make history today.



Jim Wallace

Executive Director

Gun Owners’ Action League


Massachusetts: Conference Committee Retains Egregious Anti-Gun Provision

Unfortunately, as predicted, the conference committee tasked with ironing out the differences between the House and Senate versions of an omnibus firearms bill adopted a report which still retains the most egregious provision, allowing issuing authorities to use discretion in issuing or denying FID cards.  House Bill 4376 was reported by the conference committee late last night, and with less than 24 hours left in the legislative session, H.4376 is expected to be voted on sometime TODAY.

H.4376 contains a variation of the discretionary component, allowing a licensing authority to file a petition to the district court to request that an applicant be denied the issuance or renewal of a FID card.  This is an egregious violation of your Second Amendment rights, and it isn’t difficult to imagine how allowing issuing authorities or the district court discretion in the issuance of FID cards will be abused if H.4376 becomes law.  For example, a government official with a personal grudge against an applicant or personal opposition to individual gun ownership could use almost any “bad” conduct in an applicant’s past to file a petition denying the applicant, which might include any number of menial acts that wouldn’t normally prohibit a person from possessing a firearm.  A law-abiding gun owner would now have to take on thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend themselves in court in order to restore their rights.

Personal bias should not be enough to strip a law-abiding gun owner of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms and self-defense, and it is critical that you contact both your state Senator and state Representative IMMEDIATELY and demand they vote against H.4376.  Even though this bill does contain some favorable provisions to gun owners, the NRA remains opposed to H.4376 because of the overwhelming implications of discretionary licensing for FID cards.  Your help is needed to stop this misguided bill in the final hours of the 2014  legislative session!

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