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Senate President Stops Reform Bill

Monday, August 5, 2002

The State Senate voted this week to recess for the remainder of the summer without taking action on H.B. 5102, forcing Massachusetts gun owners to wait until the General Court reconvenes to pursue serious gun law reform. While this important piece of legislation failed to roll back all of the oppressive anti-gun measures imposed by the legislature in 1998, it included several critical revisions, including provisions standardizing the size of firearm carry licenses and identification cards and allowing citizens with motor vehicle offenses and non-violent misdemeanors to own guns.

Despite the bill’s landslide passage in the House of Representatives and overwhelming support from NRA members, H.B. 5102 failed to withstand the partisan heavy-handedness of Senator Tom Birmingham (D-Sussex). The Senator used his power as President of the Senate to block the bill’s advancement out of committee, thus burying the measure indefinitely.

Once again, thank you for your calls to your Senators and Representatives in support of this bill.

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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.