Longmeadow Massachusetts will be voting at town meeting on May 10th and could vote in some drastic anti-Second Amendment measures.
Please see the text of Article’s 27, 28, 29 from the 2016 town meeting warrant (see below). This was sent to us by a member. These articles are an outright assault on your Second Amendment rights. Article 26 would ban lawful carry of firearms on all town property including sidewalks. Article 27 would require gun registration upon renewal of license. Article 28 would ban many commonly owned firearms and magazines
Please know that the warrant is yet to be finalized.
Town Meeting begins May 10, click here for more information.
If you live in Longmeadow please plan on attending town meeting and voting NO on all three articles! See text below.
ARTICLE 27. Citizen Petition To see if the Town will vote to accept a bylaw for gun control on town property that reads, whoever possesses a firearm, rifle, or shotgun in any building owned by the Town, or on recreation area, conservation area, or other grounds owned by the Town, shall pay a fine of $300. The terms “firearm,” “rifle,” and “shotgun” shall have the meanings found in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 140, section 121, or take any other action relative thereto. This proposed bylaw would prohibit anyone from possessing a firearm (defined under state law as a pistol, revolver, or similar weapon), rifle, or shotgun in a town building or on town property. ATM Warrant – May 10, 2016 Page 6
ARTICLE 28. Citizen Petition To see if the Town will vote to accept a bylaw for gun licensing requirements that reads, each person applying for, or seeking to renew, a license to carry a firearm or a firearm identification card with the Chief of Police or Police Department shall describe in writing each firearm, rifle or shotgun possessed by the prospective license holder. Such description shall include the serial number, make, model, and caliber of each firearm, rifle, or shotgun. The prospective license holder shall also certify that he/she understands and complies with the safe storage requirements of Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 140, section 131L. Whoever fails to provide a description for each firearm, rifle, or shotgun shall pay a fine of $300 for each firearm, rifle, or shotgun which has not been so described. Whoever fails to certify, or falsely certifies, his/her compliance with the safe storage requirements of Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 140, section 131L shall pay a fine of $300, or take any other action relative thereto. Under Massachusetts state law, licenses to carry a firearm (LTCs) and firearm identification cards (FID cards) expire after six years. This bylaw would require new applicants or those seeking to renew LTCs or FID cards to provide a description of each firearm, rifle, or shotgun possessed by the applicant. The bylaw would also require applicants to certify their compliance with the Massachusetts law that requires firearms, rifles, and shotguns to be stored in locked containers or to be similarly secured.
ARTICLE 29. Citizen Petition To see if the Town will vote to accept a bylaw for an assault weapon ban that reads, whoever possesses an assault weapon or a large capacity feeding device shall pay a fine of $300 for each day such assault weapon or large capacity feeding device is possessed within the Town. The possessor of an assault weapon or a large capacity feeding device shall pay a separate fine for each assault weapon and each large capacity feeding device. The term “assault weapon” and “large capacity feeding device” shall have the meanings found in Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 140, section 121. The possession of an assault weapon or a large capacity feeding device is unlawful even if such assault weapon or large capacity was lawfully possessed on or before September 13, 1994. The effective date of this bylaw shall be September 1, 2016, or take any other action relative thereto. Massachusetts state law prohibits the possession of assault weapons and large feeding devices (defined as devices holding large amounts of ammunition) but provides an exception for assault weapons and large feeding devices lawfully possessed on September 13, 1994. This bylaw would eliminate this exception and prohibit all assault weapons and large feeding devices in Longmeadow. The effective date of September 1, 2016 would allow owners of assault weapons and large feeding devices falling within this exception
View the warrant online: https://sites.google.com/site/longmeadowsbmeetingmaterials/documents
This will take you directly into the town manager’s meeting materials documents page in the town government website. This will bring you into the Longmeadow Select Board intranet site . Once in that section click on meeting minutes and once opened scroll down to the March 7, 2016 Public zip download. Open the download to reveal the file folder, March 7, 2016 PUBLIC . Open the file, scroll down to item #5, New Business. Then scroll down to item #3 Draft Warrant 2016 ATM open the pdf file and find articles 26 – 28 on pages 5 & 6 of the town meeting warrant.