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Massachusetts: House Votes to Non-Concur on Senate Gun Bill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to non-concur on Senate Bill 2265, the Senate’s version of House Bill 4285.  Conferees will now be appointed from both the state Senate and House of Representatives to work out the differences between both bills in a conference committee.

As previously reported, last week the state Senate stripped some of the most egregious anti-gun provisions from S.2265, including the elimination of the discretionary component which would have created a new “may issue” FID issuance standard.  This discretionary component would allow issuing authorities unlimited discretion to deny firearms identification cards.  Other significant changes were made, including the adoption of an amendment which addressed the provision denying a person who has had their firearms seized with the ability to have their personal property transferred within ten days to a lawfully licensed individual.

The NRA will be advocating that the conference committee retain these important changes made in the state Senate and we will continue to oppose any additional language that infringes on the rights of gun owners in the Commonwealth. 

Your NRA-ILA will be closely monitoring the movement of this legislation and will keep you updated as it progresses.

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