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Massachusetts: Anti-Gun Bill Heard By Committee

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Massachusetts: Anti-Gun Bill Heard By Committee

Yesterday, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard H.3081, anti-gun extreme risk protection legislation.  Your NRA-ILA was present at the hearing and testified against this anti-gun bill and against the anti-gun groups who were also present.  H.3081 would create two new protective orders and would allow for these protective orders to infringe Second Amendment rights based on third party allegations and little, if any, real evidence.  The issuance of an order would result in the immediate suspension and surrender of any license to carry firearms and firearms identification card which the respondent may hold.  The respondent would also be required to surrender all firearms and ammunition.  It is important you contact the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and urge them to OPPOSE H.3081!

Constitutional rights are generally restricted only upon conviction of a felony.  The reasons for this are two-fold.  It limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only the most serious offenses, and, perhaps more importantly, felony convictions provide greater procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable convictions.  The Right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should be restricted only upon conviction of a felony, like other constitutional rights.

Further, if an individual is truly dangerous, existing law already provides a variety of mechanisms to deal with the individual, all of which can lead to firearm prohibitions in appropriate cases.  This bill would do nothing to prevent dangerous persons from injuring themselves or others.

Please click the “Take Action” button above to contact the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and urge them to OPPOSE H.3081.

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