GOAL legislation which would provide a life time sentence for dealers convicted of heroin & gun trafficking has bipartisan support.
BOSTON – The Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts (GOAL) today filed new bipartisan supported legislation that would give judges discretion to sentence people convicted of both gun and opioid trafficking with up to life in prison and possible fines of up to $500,000. On the heels of a rash of shootings with illegal firearms and an epidemic of opioid overdoses in Massachusetts, GOAL wrote this legislation with an aim of striking a blow to dealers who push death on the streets of the Commonwealth.
“These criminals are not just filling their pockets, they are filling graveyards!” said Jim Wallace, Executive Director of GOAL. “Illegal guns are being trafficked by the same people pushing opioids that are killing people in record numbers in Massachusetts. We want to put these dealers out of business permanently. GOAL believes this legislation provides law enforcement with an effective tool to do just that. This type of law will put criminals on notice that we are coming for you.”
Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) is the lead Senate sponsor for the GOAL legislation. “Our state is being overridden by criminals dealing death to a generation of young people in this state and I believe that this legislation is a valuable tool for law enforcement to start containing this madness,” said Sen. Fattman.
Representative Joseph McKenna (R-Webster) is taking the lead in filing the bill for GOAL and hopes to get broad based support across the political aisle. “This bill aims to penalize those in society who are perpetrating crimes and sell death to our kids in the form of drugs,” said Rep. McKenna. “These hardcore criminals poison our kids and bring death to our streets need to be punished accordingly, with the severity of their crimes.”
Rep. Paul Tucker (D-Salem), the former Chief of Police from Salem, MA, has also thrown his support behind the bill.
“This bill identifies the seriousness of trafficking drugs and illegal firearms with a consequence for those who violate the law resulting in appropriate punishment and protection of law abiding citizens,” said Tucker.
Under GOAL’s legislation, a dealer convicted of selling heroin, OxyContin, or another controlled opioid, such as fentanyl as defined under M.G.L. Chapter 94C, Section 32E, and concurrently or separately convicted of trafficking in a firearm such as a handgun, shotgun, rifle or machine gun, can be sentenced by a judge with up to life in prison. Additionally, the convicted dealer would not be eligible for furlough, work release, temporary release, or receive any deduction from his/her sentence for good conduct.