May 17, 2015
It seems that the anti freedom crowd has taken up a new and devious means of attack, filing articles to pass bylaws at the town level.
As our regular readers know, GOAL has been fighting town level battles for some time now, over the last few months however, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in the amount of articles filed via “citizens petition”. This attempted method of restriction is devious because many people don’t pay enough attention to the happenings within their own town hall.
Going back over the last year we’ve worked with residents of Wayland, Northborough, Reading, Natick, Yarmouth, Edgartown, Harwich, Sheffield and now Berkley has joined the fray with an article of their own, aimed once again at private land owners legally discharging firearms on private property.
We are glad to report that we have been able to work with residents from each town in an effort to stop these attacks and we have succeeded every time, usually by a landslide. It’s great to know that the “not in my backyard” axiom is a two way street, people do not want their freedom restricted in their town!
Most recently we had success in Yarmouth and Harwich, thanks in large part to Mike Veloza, President of Barnstable County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs, and the members of Bass River Club. Edgartown was stopped due to the hard work of GOAL Member Ron M and the members of Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club, and recently we had almost no notice regarding a petition on Sheffield. Luckily a member and local NRA Instructor, Robert McDermott caught wind of the article on the day before town meeting, notified us and we were able to get word out and stop the articles from passing.
These articles are getting defeated by a huge majority of votes in every town they come up for vote.
We need to remain vigilant and also become more pro-active. Today we learned that the town of Weston was able to pass an article at their town meeting, which bans
carrying firearms while on town conservation property. Unfortunately we didn’t get word of this article until after it was passed. This is a great lesson as to why we need to check with our town halls to find out what is on the warrant and up for vote.
Please take a moment today or tomorrow to call your town clerk, visit your town hall, and or check your town’s website. Do some research and find out what will be up for vote, if there are any articles which are intending to restrict our Second Amendment freedom, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can get word out and stop it in it’s tracks.
Currently we are working with the residents of Berkley, as of this writing we have just begun getting word out about Article 24, yet another bylaw aimed directly at infringing upon your Second Amendment rights. This article, if passed would make the legal discharge of firearms on private property illegal. It also requires a new and convoluted system of acquiring permission to exercise a right.
If you are a Berkley resident, please go to town meeting on June 1st at 7:00 PM and vote NO on Article 24. The town meeting is at Berkley Community School, 59 S. Main St. Berkley.