The Joint Committee on Public Safety held hearingss on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Room A2 at the State House and the hearings ended at 4 p.m. after more than 100 persons gave testimony to our legislators. There were numerous proposals that will only impact the Commonwealth’s law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to increase public safety. Many of these bills are attempts to make firearms ownership nearly impossible because of associated costs or requiring insurance that would never be commercially available. We will post any news as soon as we become aware of it going forward.
The list of bills that were heard include a number of already failed policies along with new anti-gun schemes:
An extensive list of bills, reported to be more than 60, were heard at this hearing. Even if you did not attend the hearing, we are still asking you to contact your state legislator and voice your opposition to these extensive gun-control bills.
One of the more alarming bills seems to be a follow up on the misguided “Red Flag” law passed recently in Massachusetts. H.2048 An Act authorizing the voluntary disavowal of eligibility to purchase a firearm. This bill would: “… shall establish a list of persons who disavow eligibility to purchase a firearm, rifle, shotgun or machine gun, hereinafter referred to as a firearm. A person may request such person’s name to be placed on the list of disavowal of eligibility by filing a form with the commissioner acknowledging the person has a psychiatric disability and is a danger to themselves and by agreeing that the person shall not purchase a firearm.”
Interestingly enough, the supporters of the “Red Flag” laws are adamant that those laws are not related to mental health issues. Now they want a “list” made of just that.
Link to hearing details and bill list: https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/3247
Support: H.2054, H.2050, S.1395, H.2055, S.1404, H.2066, S.1413, H.2072, S.1424, S.1423, S.1422, S.1421, S.1420, S.1419, S.1418, H.2080, H.2099, H.2103, S.1434, H.2122, H.2131, H.2130, H.2129, H.2133, H.2144, H.2151, H.2154, H.2153, S.1369, S.1417
Oppose: S.1389, S.1387, H.2040, H.2039, H.2048, H.3843, H.3576, H.2046, H.2045, H.2044, H.2077, H.3577, H.2097, H.2096, H.2095, H.2094, H.2093, H.2092, H.2091, H.2089, S.1451, H.2117, H.3782, H.3783, H.3781, H.3780, S.1361, S.1360, H.3927
Support if amended: S.1388, H.2052, S.1426
Needs further study: H.2108