No military weapons in the general population, no massacre of first graders and their teachers last month in Newtown, Connecticut. This is an issue of personal security and the protection of children.
Single shot rifles that require manual loading for each new bullet should be the only permitted firearms for private ownership in the Commonwealth. Anti-personnel ammunition should be prohibited. Owners should be required to pass strict licensing requirements, apply for annual recertification, and bear unlimited personal criminal and civil liability for any illegal or negligent use of their weapons by any person. All expenses to the state associated with robust enforcement of gun security laws should be covered by annual permit fees paid by gun owners, which should be set accordingly. Current owners of non-complying weaponry should be paid just compensation for their weapons. If you have suggested revisions to the General Laws with respect to gun ownership, by all means add them in the comments.
This legislation should be enacted immediately. MarketWatch got its towns mixed up, but it might not have. Newtown, CT is 90 minutes from the state line.
Governor Patrick and the General Court should be leading on this, not New York, which isn’t even in New England. Our children died because of a crime that was foreseeable and preventable: military weaponry should not be allowed in the general population. NYT:
New York State is nearing agreement on a proposal to put what would be some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws into effect, including what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed on Wednesday would be an ironclad ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, and new measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill people.
Lawmakers in Albany, seeking to send a message to the nation that the recent mass shootings demand swift action, say they hope to vote on the package of legislation as soon as next week.