GOAL Calls Out Soundbite Legislation

BOSTON – The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts (GOAL) today responded to assertions made by Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) and others in regard to the merits of Rep. Linsky’s bill, H. 3081 An Act Establishing Extreme Risk Protective Orders. GOAL has great concerns about the due process issues and also believes that this bill falls very short for people and families of those deemed at extreme risk.

“GOAL is very concerned with all aspects of firearm safety and we work tirelessly to provide training and education to the public. We believe it is extraordinarily important to take actions and have discussions concerning mental health and firearms, but these have to have meaning and substance,” said Jim Wallace, Executive Director of GOAL. “To drag someone into court and label them an “extreme threat” and only take their civil rights away is not a path to public safety or mental health compassion. We can do much better than this, we are better than this.”

GOAL calls on the legislature to reject this soundbite legislation and instead take up mental health legislation that will provide both care and public safety while respecting civil rights and due process. People with mental health issues deserve our help and our respect and we can do much better than this bill promises to provide.

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