GPS Locator Legislation
One bill that has been causing a stir on the internet is S. 1224, An Act Relative to a Study Commission on GPS Locators in Firearms. The bill is actually a re-file from last year by Senator Anthony Petruccelli. Simply put, the legislation would create a commission to study the “feasibility” of GPS locators in firearms. The concept is not a new one, but what has caused quite a stir is that GOAL was named to part of the proposed commission. Several members have contacted the office about it with great concern. We have assured everyone that contacted us that we are not supporting the legislation and certainly did not request to be part of the proposed commission.
As for the intention of the bill it is absurd that the government has access to where I or my property is at any given moment. It certainly will do nothing to stem crime especially since our government continues to find more ways to not put criminals in jail.
SECTION 1. A special commission after this referred to as the Global Positioning System Locators in Firearms Study Commission, is hereby established for the purpose of making an investigation and study relative to the feasibility of placing Global Positioning System (“GPS”) locators in firearms.
The Global Positioning System Locators in Firearms Study Commission shall consist of 7 members; the House of Representatives Chair on Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Senate Chair on Public Safety and Homeland Security, one member of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, appointed by the Secretary of the Executive Office and Public Safety and Security, one designee from the Gun Owners’ Action League (“GOAL”), one Chief of Police from a city or town, appointed by the Governor, one designee from the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, appointed by the Mayor of Boston, one designee appointed by the Boston City Council.
The commission shall report to the general court the results of its investigation and study, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry such recommendations into effect by filing the same with the clerk of the senate before the bill filing deadline for the 2013-2014 general court session.
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