The NRA has learned that the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee may be considering and voting today on a scaled-back version of a radical anti-gun bill, House Bill 4121, and that it could be voted in the full state House of Representatives as early as tomorrow. This is bad governance, as this bill has been redrafted multiple times and each draft has been given very little time for review from stakeholders and policy makers. Your immediate action is needed to slow the progress of this misguided legislation and give state legislators time to review the bill, and also receive and provide input.
While some concessions have been made, HB 4121 still contains many deeply flawed provisions that penalize responsible gun owners and sportsmen in Massachusetts, and could turn law-abiding citizens into criminals. Even in its new form, this bill still maintains provisions that empower police chiefs with discretion to refuse licensing for FID cards and that strip law-abiding citizens of their right to keep and bear arms.
HB 4121 is dangerous legislation that seeks to further chip away at your Second Amendment rights in Massachusetts. As anyone who has gone through the process to legally obtain a firearm in Massachusetts knows, there is no dearth of existing state laws that regulate the sale, purchase and transfer of firearms. State legislators on Beacon Hill should be repealing gun control laws, NOT enacting more to further restrict your Second Amendment rights.
State legislators need to understand the negative effects of this bill before they blindly pass it or confusion will reign, as we have seen in many states which have hastily enacted anti-gun provisions without allowing time for adequate review and comment. Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the House Ways and Means Committee and URGE them to vote NO on House Bill 4121 when it comes before them today. Please also call the committee switchboard at (617) 722-2990 to register your opposition to HB 4121.
Also, please immediately contact your state legislators, both your state Representative and Senator, and urge them to oppose this misguided legislation, pending further review by all interested parties.
House Ways and Means Committee
Representative Brian S. Dempsey (D), Chairman - Haverhill
Representative Stephen Kulik (D), Vice Chairman - Worthington
Representative Angelo M. Scaccia (D) - Readville
Representative Thomas M. Petrolati (D) - Ludlow
Representative Christine E. Canavan (D) - Brockton
Representative Thomas M. Stanley (D) - Waltham
Representative Cleon H. Turner (D) - Dennis
Representative Paul McMurtry (D) - Dedham
Representative Sean Garballey (D) - Arlington
Representative Carolyn C. Dykema (D) - Hollison
Representative Nick Collins (D) - Boston
Representative Viriato Manuel deMacedo (R) - Plymouth
Representative Matthew A. Beaton (R) - Shrewsbury
Representative David T. Vieira (R) - East Falmouth
Representative Gloria L. Fox (D) - Roxbury
Representative Robert M. Koczera (D) - New Bedford
Representative Robert F. Fennell (D) - Lynn
Representative Walter F. Timilty (D) - Milton
Representative William Smitty Pignatelli (D) - Lenox
Representative Linda Campbell (D) - Methuen
Representative Lori A. Ehrlich (D) - Marblehead
Representative Michael D. Brady (D) - Brockton
Representative Timothy R. Madden (D) - Nantucket
Representative Rhonda Nyman (D) - Hanover
Representative Angelo L. D’Emilia (R) - Bridgewater
Representative Geoff Diehl (R) - Whitman
Representative Donald H. Wong (R) - Saugus