QUESTION OF THE DAY: Should Mass. Communities Be Allowed To Pass Own Gun Laws?

Do you think Massachusetts cities and towns should be able to pass their own gun laws?

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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.

One thought

  1. I believe Bill H.2158 is much needed in MA and many other states.. The media and a few others have brain washed many people over the years to be afraid of guns when they don’t need to be. We need to prosecute and lock up those that illegally possess guns and use them to break the law.
    It seems that apparently Lowell wants to be like Chicago!
    We need more like Jim Miceli and the Wilmington police Department.

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