House Leadership Rejects GOAL Amendment to Severely Punish Heroin and Gun Traffickers
Rules the Amendment “Beyond the Scope” of the Bill
On Wednesday, July 11, 2016 the Massachusetts House of Representatives debated and passed a bill on care and treatment for opioid addiction (H.4725 An Act for Prevention and Access to Appropriate Care and Treatment of Addiction). With the bill going to the floor for debate, GOAL took the opportunity to stress the need for taking very dangerous people off the streets. Representative Joe McKenna filed an amendment on GOAL’s behalf that he and Senator Ryan Fattman had filed as a stand-alone bill. GOAL’s amendment would punish those that have been convicted of both drugs and gun trafficking (not possession) for up to life in prison and up to a $500,000 fine.
“These are hardcore criminals who are responsible for the deaths of family and friends and are being given a slap on the wrist when arrested and that needs to stop,” said Jim Wallace Executive Director of GOAL. “Criminals who are dealing in death should not be given any breaks. We as a society must demand our government do its job in protecting society from these monsters.”
An Act Relative to Illegal Drug and Firearm Trafficking
SECTION 1. Chapter 94C of the General Laws shall be amended by adding the following new section:
Section 32O: Illegal Trafficking of Opioids, Heroin, Firearms.
(a) Whoever is found guilty for trafficking substances under section 32E paragraphs (c) or (c1/2) of this chapter and is concurrently or separately found guilty of any of the following laws regarding the trafficking or theft of firearms, rifles, shotguns or machine guns
- Section 10E of Chapter 269;
- Section 10I of Chapter 269;
- Section 10J of Chapter 269;
- Section 10K of Chapter 269
shall be punished by a term of up to life imprisonment in the state prison, that said sentence may include a fine of not more than $500,000.
A prosecution commenced under this section shall not be placed on file or continued without a finding.
A person convicted of violating this section shall not be eligible for furlough, work release, temporary release or receive any deduction from his sentence for good conduct under sections 129C or 129D of chapter 127.