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Massachusetts gun owners are furiously contacting state lawmakers in an effort to derail anti-gun legislation that was suddenly introduced without notice Wednesday in the state House of Representatives and passed almost unanimously.
The legislation, Amendment 1, would outlaw all kinds of accessories and upgrades to firearms used for competition, hunting, target shooting and/or self-defense. Submitted presumably as a response to the Las Vegas massacre, the bill does not mention “bump fire stocks” that are currently at the center of a gun control storm.
Jim - Wallace - Director - Gun - Owners
According to Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts (GOAL), the legislation was introduced without warning by State Rep. David Linsky, a 5th District Democrat. Here’s what it says:
“Whoever possesses, owns or offers for sale any device which attaches to a rifle, shotgun or firearm, except a magazine, that is designed to increase the rate of discharge of the rifle, shotgun or firearm or whoever modifies any rifle, shotgun or firearm with the intent to increase its rate of discharge, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison by not less than 3 nor more than 20 years.”
Bill - Effect - Days - Governor
If the bill passes, it takes effect 180 days after it is signed by the governor.
The National Rifle Association has alerted its members in Massachusetts, but some critics are using social media to blame the NRA for this, alleging that the gun rights organization folded on the “bump stock” issue last week. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and chief lobbyist Chris Cox issued this joint statement:
Aftermath - Evil - Attack - Las - Vegas
“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented.
Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns...
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