Reform Bill Signed
GOAL Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Wallace was invited to attend a ceremonial bill signing at AM Thursday in the state house press room. Several of the reform bill’s supporters and the entire state house press corps were at the gathering.
In a move that shocked many in the room, Lieutenant
Governor Kerry Healey began the ceremony by hailing this bill as “…an
important victory against crime.” The Lieutenant Governor went on to say,
“The most important job of state government is ensuring public safety.
Governor Romney and I are determined to do whatever it takes to stop the flood
of dangerous weapons into our cities and towns and to make
After the Lieutenant Governor’s shocking and insulting comments, she then gave John Rosenthal, of Stop Handgun Violence, an opportunity to address the press corps. Of course, Mr. Rosenthal took the opportunity to put his spin on the bill as “gun safety legislation.” During his remarks he stated. “We’re not taking guns away from anyone except assault weapons and cheaply made Saturday Night Specials.” Romney officials also gave Mr. Rosenthal an entire paragraph in their official press release, while GOAL was not even mentioned.
After the “stage” had been set, Senator Stephen Brewer and Representative George Peterson were allowed to say a few words. These longtime friends of gun owners spoke on the importance of the reforms the bill made. “This change will go a long way toward fixing the flaws created by the 1998 law,” said Representative George Peterson.
Governor Romney then took the podium to make a few remarks before signing the bill. Although the Governor did make mention of being a “sportsman” and the reforms in the bill that would help other sportsmen, he spun the bill as a ban.
“Deadly assault weapons have no place in
When asked by a reporter if he supported the renewal of the federal “assault weapons” ban and if he had spoken to the senators about it, Governor Romney replied that it was not really his job to lobby on federal legislation, but that he shared Senator Kerry’s and Senator Kennedy’s position on the issue!
At no time during the ceremony was the GOAL representative asked to speak and set the record straight on what the bill actually did, nor was GOAL even mentioned in the Governor’s press release. GOAL and its members can only take this display as a complete insult to the lawful gun owners and the hard work that went into making reforms happen.
As our members know, S.2367 did not ban a single gun
With all of this in
mind, GOAL is urging its members to contact Governor Mitt Romney and Lieutenant
Governor Kerry Healey and express their outrage with their betrayal of gun
|Address:||Governor Mitt Romney
Boston, MA 02133
|Address:||Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey
Boston, MA 02133
All gun owners should realize that this bill is an
enormous victory, but we can not let this insulting spin by the Governor go
unchecked. As a reminder, below is a summary of what the bill really does.
All gun owners should realize that this bill is an enormous victory, but we can not let this insulting spin by the Governor go unchecked. As a reminder, below is a summary of what the bill really does.
Changes the size of an FID card and LTC to a more manageable size;
Adds a 90 day grace period for both licenses and cards;
Requires police to give a receipt for confiscated firearms;
License and cards issued after September 28 will be valid for six years;
Creates a seven person board to review the cases of persons denied licenses and cards due to old misdemeanor convictions; and
Protects nearly 700 guns from being declared "assault weapons."