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Massachusetts: Governor’s Anti-Gun Bill to be Heard on Tuesday, July 14

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Please Contact the Members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary!

As we reported in May, Governor Deval Patrick (D) introduced a bill that would have disastrous effects on the Second Amendment rights of Massachusetts’ law-abiding gun owners.  This bill, House Bill 4102, is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, July 14 in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

House Bill 4102, among other things, would limit firearm purchases to one per 30-day period and require the private transfer of all firearms, even those between family and friends, to be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer.

This proposal, in essence, is a repeat of Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998, statutes that created some of the most confusing and ill-advised set of gun laws in the nation.  The vast majority of those new laws attacked lawful gun owners and did little, if anything, to address violent crime in the Commonwealth.  The only result has been a startling 85% decrease in the number of lawfully licensed gun owners in Massachusetts and a dramatic increase in crime. 

Please contact the members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose this poorly conceived and unjust attack on law-abiding gun owners’ Second Amendment freedoms.  Contact information for the committee can be found below.

STATE SENATOR CYNTHIA STONE CREEM (D) – Chair
(617) 722-1639
Cynthia.Creem@state.ma.us

STATE SENATOR STEVEN A. BADDOUR (D) – Vice-Chair
(617) 722-1604
Steven.Baddour@state.ma.us

STATE SENATOR GALE D. CANDARAS (D)
(617) 722-1291
Gale.Candaras@State.ma.us

STATE SENATOR JACK HART (D)
(617) 722-1150
John.Hart@state.ma.us

STATE SENATOR THOMAS M. MCGEE (D)
(617) 722-1350
Thomas.McGee@state.ma.us

STATE SENATOR BRUCE E. TARR (R)
(617) 722-1600
Bruce.Tarr@state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE EUGENE L. O'FLAHERTY (D) – Chair
(617) 722-2396
Rep.GeneOFlaherty@hou.state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTOPHER N. SPERANZO (D) – Vice-Chair
(617) 722-2396
Rep.ChristopherSperanzo@Hou.State.MA.US

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JAMES H. FAGAN (D)
(617) 722-2430
Rep.JamesFagan@hou.state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE COLLEEN M. GARRY (D)
(617) 722-2380
Rep.ColleenGarry@hou.state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARIE P. ST. FLEUR (D)
(617) 722-2030
Rep.MarieSt.Fleur@hou.state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN V. FERNANDES (D)
(617) 722-2396
Rep.JohnFernandes@Hou.State.MA.US

STATE REPRESENTATIVE KATHERINE CLARK (D)
(617) 722-2220
Rep.KatherineClark@HOU.State.MA.US

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JAMES J. DWYER (D)
(617) 722-2014
Rep.JamesJDwyer@hou.state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DANIELLE W. GREGOIRE (D)
(617) 722-2080
Rep.DanielleGregoire@hou.state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE LEWIS G. EVANGELIDIS (R)
(617) 722-2263
Rep.LewisEvangelidis@hou.state.ma.us

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DANIEL K. WEBSTER (R)
(617) 722-2487
Rep.DanielWebster@hou.state.ma.us
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