MA Senate Votes Against GOAL's Effort To Investigate Massachusetts' Broken FID/LTC Licensing System.
GOAL would like to thank Senator Knapik for his efforts including addressing the Senate floor on behalf of this important amendment. It is unfortunate that the rest of the Senate does not care to look into this system which is now beyond repair. Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield had filed the amendment to the FY2014 Senate budget on behalf of GOAL. The amendment would have instructed the Massachusetts Inspector General's Office to conduct a thorough investigation into the failure of the Massachusetts firearm licensing system.
GOAL Files Senate Budget Amendment Seeking Investigation into Firearm Licensing System
Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield has filed an amendment to the FY2014 Senate budget on behalf of GOAL. The amendment would instruct the Massachusetts Inspector General’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation into the failure of the Massachusetts firearm licensing system.
For over a year GOAL has been attempting to go through channels to address the many problems with the Commonwealth’s firearm licensing system. One of the major problems we have run up against is that no one is in charge of the system, or at least no one wants to take responsibility for it. This type of government failure is never acceptable, but it is especially abhorrent when certain entities choose to ignore the problems and yet call for more regulation on our Second Amendment civil rights.
GOAL would urge all of our members to contact their state senators and ask that they support Amendment # 464 filed by Senator Michael Knapik.
Mr. Knapik moved that the bill be amended by inserting, after section 144, the following new section:-
SECTION XX. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the inspector general shall conduct an investigation and study of the Massachusetts firearm licensing system administered under the authority of the executive office of public safety and security firearms records bureau. The study shall be financed with funds from the Firearms Record Keeping Trust Fund, established in section 131, subsection (i) of chapter 140 and the Firearms Fingerprint Identity Verification Trust Fund, established in section 2LLL, chapter 29 of the General Laws.
The investigation shall identify the length of processing applications for Licenses to Carry Firearms and Firearm Identification Cards, the responsibility of oversight and authority of the state over the system, the process for recording denials and/or restrictions of licenses or cards, the notification of applicants specifically outlining the reasons for any such restrictions or denials, and appeals and compliance with all state and federal laws and mandates. The inspector general shall report any preliminary findings to the secretary of public safety and security, the joint committee on public safety and homeland security and the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight on or before October 30, 2013, and issue a final report on or before March 1, 2014. Said report shall be made available to the public through websites operated by the executive office of public safety and security and the legislature.
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