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Massachusetts Legislative Update

Friday, April 12, 2002

As gun owners and sportsmen are aware, your NRA-ILA and Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) have been working with the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety in an attempt to draft a bill that makes positive reforms to our gun laws. During the first week of April, a tentative agreement to release a modified version of the House Chairman`s bill, H.1087, was made. Out of the 43 sections of this bill, 37 were favorable to the rights of law-abiding gun owners. During negotiations, pro-gun groups and activists asked that a bill be released with the agreed upon 37 sections. For unknown reasons, the House Chairman has now decided not to do so. GOAL, along with your NRA-ILA, is now asking every citizen of the Commonwealth to call Speaker of the House Tom Finneran (D) and Senate President Thomas Birmingham (D) and ask them why the committee will not release H.1087, an agreeable bill that will make 37 corrections to the law without adding further restrictions. Please contact the Speaker`s office, as well as the Senate President`s office, on a daily basis to ask for updates. Every day that the legislature delays passing this bill, law-abiding firearm owners continue to be unfairly targeted under current laws. Speaker Finneran can be contacted at 617-722-2500. President Birmingham can be contacted at 617-722-1500
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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.