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State Representative Jim Miceli recently filed legislation (Bill H 1258) to prohibit local ordinances or laws regulating firearms and weapons.
The two-paragraph bill reads as followed:
No county, municipality, township or other community entity within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may enact, pass or enforce any law, ordinance or regulation concerning the lawful ownership, use, possession, transfer, purchase, receipt or transportation of weapons, antique weapons, ammunition or ammunition components.
The right to keep and bear arms is an individual civil right and shall be presumed to exist in all matters regarding the ownership, use, possession, transfer, purchase, receipt or transportation of weapons, antique weapons, ammunition or ammunition components unless expressly prohibited by the general laws of this Commonwealth.
“I filed this bill because a lot of the Legislature strives for a balance between towns and the state government,” Miceli recently told the Lowell Sun. “There has to be uniformity.”
Katie Lannan of State House News reported on the bill’s hearing earlier this month:
The bill “would prevent a patchwork of local confusion across the state” driven by a variety of municipal regulations, said David Robertson, an aide to Miceli who testified on the Wilmington Democrat’s behalf.
“We’d be simplifying for law enforcement, we’d be simplifying for civilians,” Robertson said.