"Lawful Citizens Imprisonment Act" - One Gun a Month Bills
One Gun a Month is Back
So far there are at least two bills that bring back the so-called One Gun a Month proposal, more commonly known as the Lawful Citizen Profiling and Imprisonment Act. The two bills at hand are: H.2838 An Act to Prevent Bulk Purchasing and Illegal Trafficking of Firearms filed by Rep. David Linsky and S.1202 An Act Relative to Preventing Illegal Trafficking of Firearms filed by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem.
Both bills would make it a crime to purchase or sell (to the same person) more than one firearm (handgun) or large capacity weapon in a thirty day period. The punishment for a first offense for both the retailer and the purchaser is up to $5,000 fine and/or 2 ½ years imprisonment.
We have talked about this bill for a decade now and everyone truly understands what an absurd proposal it is. Just the idea of placing blame and restrictions on lawful citizens in an attempt to control the actions of criminals is ludicrous.
If the concept of the bill were not bad enough, Section 4 of the legislation outlines the process for which a sale of a handgun or large capacity weapon can take place.
As mind numbing as the proposed process is, the practical application and cost of it may be even worse. Assuming that all of this is going to be done online, what will retailers do in many parts of the state that don’t have high speed internet? If this has to be done via printed form and mail the state will essentially have instituted a waiting period for the purchase of a handgun or large capacity weapon. Adding to that is the part where the “OK” from the state is only valid for two days once it is received.
SECTION 4. Section 123 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “condition.”, in line 229, the following sentences: - Twenty-second, That no licensee shall sell, rent or lease a firearm or large capacity weapon without first: (i) obtaining a signed declaration from the purchaser, renter or lessee, on a form furnished by the executive director of the Criminal Justice Information Services, that such individual has not purchased, rented or leased, as those terms are used in section 121 and subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter, any firearm or large capacity weapon during the previous 30 days, or that such individual is an exempt person as set forth under subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter; (ii) forwarding such declaration to the executive director of the Criminal Justice Information Services; and (iii) receiving notification from the Criminal Justice Information Services that the purchaser, renter or lessee has not purchased, rented or leased any firearm or large capacity weapon during the previous 30 days, or that such individual is an exempt person as set forth under subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter. Such notification from the criminal history systems board shall be valid for no more than two business days after the Criminal Justice Information Services issues the notification, after which time the licensee must receive a new notification before completing a sale, rental or lease of a firearm or large capacity weapon to such purchaser, renter or lessee. Such declaration from the purchaser, renter or lessee shall not be a defense in any action brought against a licensee.
These bills also do away with private transfers and mandate that any transfers in Massachusetts be done through a licensed retailer. They also place a limit on transfer charges to ten dollars or less.
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