Yesterday, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives and Senate approved the conference committee report, reconciling differences between the appropriations bills that contained language banning bump fire stocks and trigger cranks. This piece of legislation, H.4008, will now go to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for approval. It is imperative that Governor Baker line item veto the gun measure out of the H.4008.

11/3/17 – There’s Still Time To Stop The Budget!

Take Action!

Please contact Governor Baker’s office immediately at 617-725-4005 and urge him to line item veto the gun measure provision out of H.4008!

617-725-4005

Yesterday, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives and Senate approved the conference committee report, reconciling differences between the appropriations bills that contained language banning bump fire stocks and trigger cranks. This piece of legislation, H.4008, will now go to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for approval. It is imperative that Governor Baker line item veto the gun measure out of the H.4008.

Under this provision, a “Bump Stock” is defined as a device for a semiautomatic firearm that increases the rate of fire achievable with such firearm by using energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger. A “Trigger Crank” is defined as any device to be attached to a semi-automatic firearm that repeatedly activates the trigger of the firearm through the use of a lever or other part that is turned in a circular motion, but does not include any firearm initially designed and manufactured to fire through the use of a crank or lever.

The provision passed by the legislature yesterday allows for excessive punishment including life imprisonment, with a minimum sentence of 18 months, for the mere possession of these accessories. To make matters worse, the legislation was passed leaving no pathway to legal ownership. It also makes it illegal for owners of these items to legally sell them!

Finally, the entire process around this legislation was a fiasco, the public had no say in this legislation and the legislature provided no transparency. For this reason alone Governor Baker should veto this item as it sets a dangerous precedent going forward.

Again, please contact Governor Baker’s office 617-725-4005 and urge him to line item veto this provision. Governor Baker has always claimed to be pro Second Amendment, now is the time for him to prove it.


11/1/17 Wednesday Update: TAKE ACTION TODAY – PLEASE KEEP THE PRESSURE UP, IT IS WORKING. CALL THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS AND URGE THEM TO STRIP THE LINSKY LANGUAGE FROM THE BUDGET.

Yesterday, the legislature failed to meet the deadline for finalizing the budget bill. Reading through State House News service reports this morning it appears that much of the delay was caused by our pushback on the Linsky language, and by the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, Jeffrey Sánchez being unwilling to pass anything but the house version (Linsky language) as the final budget.

Here is a quote from the story –

“While some on the Senate side have come to view the House as uncompromising and intractable, House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez made clear that he views his position as standing up for how House members voted.

“I appreciate the progress we’ve made with the Senate. We have been and will continue to negotiate and work through our differences. The House has been clear on what our priorities are and these priorities require immediate action. I am confident we will reach resolution,” Sanchez said in a statement.”

Contact info:

Budget Conference Committee

House:

  • Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, 617-722-2990 Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 243
  • Representative Stephen Kulik, 617-722-2380 Vice Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 238
  • Representative Todd Smola, 617-722-2100 Ranking Minority House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 124

Senate:

  • Senator Karen Spilka, 617-722-1640 Chair Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 212
  • Senator Sal N. DiDomenico, 617-722-1650 Vice Chair Senate Way & Means Committee – State House Room 208
  • Senator Vinny deMacedo, 617-722-1330 Ranking Minority Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 313C

Click here to look up your MA State Senator and State Representative.





10/31/17 Tuesday Update:  The Conference Committee is yet to release the final version of the budget bill.  It has to be signed by Governor Baker by midnight tonight.  Please call each member of the committee today and urge them to dump the “Linsky language” on the house version as it will create a legal quagmire for licensed gun owners in Massachusetts.


10/30/17 Monday Update:  The Conference Committee is expected to take up the budget bill today.  They will decide which version of the bump stock language will be on the final version.  Please call each member of the committee today and urge them to dump the “Linsky language” on the house version as it will create a legal quagmire for licensed gun owners in Massachusetts.

Contact info:

Budget Conference Committee

House:

  • Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, 617-722-2990 Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 243
  • Representative Stephen Kulik, 617-722-2380 Vice Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 238
  • Representative Todd Smola, 617-722-2100 Ranking Minority House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 124

Senate:

  • Senator Karen Spilka, 617-722-1640 Chair Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 212
  • Senator Sal N. DiDomenico, 617-722-1650 Vice Chair Senate Way & Means Committee – State House Room 208
  • Senator Vinny deMacedo, 617-722-1330 Ranking Minority Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 313C

Click here to look up your MA State Senator and State Representative.

 


Late Thursday night the senate took up and amended the budget bill, voted favorably and have sent it to conference committee, where it will be finalized and sent to Governor Baker to be signed.

GOAL Alert

10/27 Update 2:  ALERT – PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS AND THE MEMBERS OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TODAY URGE THEM TO STRIP THE “LINSKY LANGUAGE” FROM THE FINAL VERSION OF THE BUDGET.

Late last night the senate took up and amended the bill, voted favorably and have sent it to conference committee, where it will be finalized and sent to Governor Baker to be signed.

The senate version was amended to include Senator Tarr’s language, which is a drastic improvement over the Linsky language. We will get one or the other of these versions on the final bill, there is no other option at this time.

Take Action!

Please contact the members of the Conference Committee TODAY and urge them to strip the “Linsky language” from the final version of the budget, should it pass it will create a legal quagmire for licensed MA gun owners.

The committee members are:

Budget Conference Committee

House:

  • Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, 617-722-2990 Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 243
  • Representative Stephen Kulik, 617-722-2380 Vice Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 238
  • Representative Todd Smola, 617-722-2100 Ranking Minority House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 124

Senate:

  • Senator Karen Spilka, 617-722-1640 Chair Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 212
  • Senator Sal N. DiDomenico, 617-722-1650 Vice Chair Senate Way & Means Committee – State House Room 208
  • Senator Vinny deMacedo, 617-722-1330 Ranking Minority Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 313C

10/27 Update. Please continue calling your legislators about stripping the Linsky language from the house budget, H.3979. (see last post for more info)

This is going to come down to which version gets passed and we need to do everything we can to ensure it’s not the house/Linsky version. Now that the house and senate have each followed procedure and approved the same bill it will go to conference committee. They will approve the final version between the two and send it to Governor Baker to be signed. He is going to sign whatever comes out of committee.

We should know who is going to be on the conference committee later today and we will need to make phone calls once we do.


10/26/17

GOAL has learned that the MA House of Representatives engrossed a new budget bill during informal session today, which includes the Linsky amendment regarding modification of firearms.  The language is in two parts.

The first section (Section 18), copied below, would make any basic modification and or maintenance of a firearm illegal, including required maintenance like lubrication of moving parts.

Section 131R. Whoever possesses, owns or offers for sale any device which attaches to a rifle, shotgun or firearm, except a magazine, that is designed to increase the rate of discharge of the rifle, shotgun or firearm or whoever modifies any rifle, shotgun or firearm with the intent to increase its rate of discharge, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison by not less than 3 nor more than 20 years.

The second section (Section 51) is equally egregious in that it gives EOPPS regulatory authority over all maintenance and enhancement of rifles, shotguns, and firearms.  Can you imagine what AG Healey would do should EOPPS be granted this kind of authority?  See language pasted below.

The Secretary of Public Safety shall promulgate regulations by January 1, 2018 concerning the allowability of maintenance and enhancement of rifles, shotguns and firearms consistent with the intent of this section.

We are being told that Governor Baker will sign this into law, by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Please take action immediately

Take Action

Please call your state representative and senator immediately!  Let them know that this amendment must be stripped from the budget bill.  This language is so broad and open to interpretation and abuse that it will cause a legal quagmire for licensed gun owners in Massachusetts.

You can call the State House operator at 617-722-2000 and ask for your state representative and/or senator, or you can look up their direct phone number by clicking here.

Alert – Call Governor Baker’s Office Today! VETO!
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