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Governor Files Anti-Gun Bill in the Bay State

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voices Heard!

Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick (D) filed legislation that would severely curtail the rights of gun owners in the Commonwealth.  The bill entitled, “An Act to Reduce Firearm Violence,” is in essence a repeat performance of Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998.

Among other things, this bill would:

  • Limit firearm purchases to one per 30-day period;
  • Require the private transfer of all firearms to be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer, and;
  • Allow the Colonel of the Department of State Police to destroy surrendered firearms instead of auctioning them for sale.

If you don't remember, Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998 created some of the most confusing and ill-advised set of gun laws in the country. The vast majority of those new laws attacked lawful gun owners and did little, if anything, to address violent crime.  Since enactment, the only result has been an 85% decrease in the number of lawfully licensed gun owners in Massachusetts and a dramatic increase in crime. 

Please contact your State Legislators TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose this ill-conceived attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.   Governor Patrick can be reached by phone at (
617) 725-4005 or (888) 870-7770 (in-state), by fax at (617) 727-9725, or visit http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=gov3utilities&sid=Agov3&U=Agov3_contact_us to send email.  To identify your State Representative and State Senator and to find contact information, please click here.

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