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H.670, An Act Relative to the Sale of Firearms

Bill to Cut AG Authority. State Representative Daniel Webster of Pembroke has filed a bill to curb the Massachusetts Attorney General’s authority to regulate firearms under the consumer protection laws in Chapter 93A.

As Massachusetts gun owners are all too aware of, former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger abused his authority under guise of consumer protection in the mid 1990’s. In his effort to end run the legislative process he tried to ban handguns in the Commonwealth by implementing bogus standards on the sale and manufacture of handguns in the state.

These regulations (940 CMR 16.00) came to be known simply as the “AG regs”. These regulations have prevented licensed firearm retailers from selling many high quality handguns to licensed citizens. They are so far reaching that they have even blocked the sale of new Olympic style target pistols even after we worked to pass a law to exempt them.

Rep. Webster’s Bill H.670, An Act Relative to the Sale of Firearms would change the consumer protection laws to remove the fraudulent Attorney General’s regulations and authority to make any further such regulations on firearms. SECTION 1. Section 2 of Chapter 93A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 11, after the word "chapter" the following words: ; provided that such rules and regulations shall not govern, limit, or otherwise relate to firearms or the sale of firearms.

GOAL will continue to follow this bill and update as it progresses.



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