1/4/13 Gun Control Meeting Update
Brief Summary by GOAL Exec. Director Jim Wallace:
As it turns out although GOAL was not invited to the Gun Control meeting hosted by Rep. David Linsky at the State House, I was allowed to listen in, but due to the packed room I was forced to listen from the hallway for most of the meeting.
There were several members of the law enforcement community present including Wayne Sampson of the Mass Chiefs of Police. John Rosenthal was on hand to provide his typical sound bite rhetoric. Angus McQuilken, former Chief of Staff for Senator Cheryl Jacques sponsor of the 1998 Gun Control Act, was on hand to provide his “experience”.
At one point in supporting the “One Gun a Month” proposal, Mr. McQuilken told the crowd that under current law people could buy firearms in bulk and sell them out of their trunks. This statement was quickly shot down by Rep. George Peterson as being blatantly untrue and any such act would be highly illegal.
Rep. Linsky asked from input from his guests and those in attendance.
Several subjects came up, but were not discussed in any detail including:
There were also several legislators on hand that represented the interests of lawful gun owners pointing out the complexity and inefficiency of the laws.
Rep. George Peterson also countered Mr. Rosenthal’s statement regarding the so-called success of Massachusetts gun laws. He presented factual reports from state government agencies that actually show a steady increase in gun crime and homicides since the passage of the 1998 law.
Outside the meeting room a press conference was set up by Rep. Linsky and others. Afterwards GOAL was on hand to address the press corps and provide information and answer any questions.
-Jim Wallace 1/4/13
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