The Massachusetts state House of Representatives is considering debating House Bill 3610 as early as next this week. HB 3610 would allow firearms to be seized from individuals following baseless accusations without proper due process. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 3610. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative.
Similar to House Bill 3081 from last year, House Bill 3610 would allow for the issuance of protective orders to infringe on Second Amendment rights based on third party allegations and little, if any, real evidence and limited “due process” for the respondent. 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.
Constitutional rights should only be restricted with proper due process of law. The reasons for this are two-fold. It limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only serious convictions and adjudications that provide greater procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable proceedings. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should only be restricted consistent with the constitutional requirements of due process. Further, for truly dangerous individuals, these bills do nothing to incapacitate the subjects of the orders, so their ability to harm others wouldn't be addressed by this bill.
Again, please contact your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 3610.