If today hasn’t gone well for you, here is something to be thankful for – you don’t live in Massachusetts.
Last August Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed a new Gun Control bill. It mandated that police assign a school resource officer and that mental illness and substance abuse be reported to the Federal background check system. Unfortunately, it did not stop there.
The state’s Democratic leadership already had established arguably the worst gun control laws in America. However, that was not enough for the Progressive leadership. The new bill also went so far as to create a set of new gun crimes, such assault and battery by discharge of a firearm. Sentences for ‘gun crimes’ were also enhanced.
The bill has made it much more difficult to obtain a firearms license – a permit to own a gun, not to be confused with a Concealed Carry Permit – by doubling down on the strict requirements. Any felony conviction is a lifelong dis-qualifier – regardless of the nature of your crime (this is not true for many states, despite incorrect common knowledge).
In addition to the ownership restrictions, the state is in the process of developing an online system for private firearms sales – also known as ‘expanded background checks‘ – anyone selling or transferring a firearm privately must first receive approval from the state.
Side Note: An impromptu Gun Registry is required for private sale background check laws to be enforced – much like how our vehicles are registered with the DMV.
State Democrats were likely surprised to find that despite the crackdown, The Boston Globe reports that the people of MA have been coming out in droves to apply for their concealed carry permits.
“Statewide, the number of active Class A licenses—the so-called license to carry category that broadly includes the right to carry a concealed weapon—grew nearly 12 percent between 2013 and 2014. That was a significantly greater jump than in past years, a Globe review of data from the Firearms Record Bureau found.
Overall, the number of active gun licenses of all types grew 5 percent, with a total of 355,272 in the state last year. All but five of Massachusetts’ 351 towns and cities saw increases in the number of Class A licenses from 2013 and to 2014.”
Perhaps the people of Mass. have finally woken up to reality: as the leftist legislators they have elected continue push gun control, violent crime has not decreased in the slightest when compared to the national average.
The People Of Massachusetts are responsible for the mess that they currently find themselves in. As Law Abiding Gun Owners, we cannot let this precedent stand. It is time for the Supreme Court to take up this issue, for better or worse.
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