H.2259 info

GOAL's "Civil RIghts and Public Safety" Bill, H.2259

June 10 Update. Please take action!

As reported in May, H.2259 is extended until the end of this month. It would be a great disservice to the law abiding citizens of the Commonwealth if this bill is not released with a favorable report by the extension date.

Please see the links below for the contact information of the committee members on this bill. GOAL would like to ask all of our members, and anyone interested in making Massachusetts a safer place to live, to contact each of them and ask that they release H.2259 with a favorable report.

This bill will better enable law enforcement officers to prosecute criminals while respecting the rights of law abiding citizens.

Click here to download contact information for the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security (committee for H.2259)


Another extension.  5/14/2010 update, H. 2259 has now been extended to 6/30/10 for discussion. Please continue to contact the committee members and your legislators and urge them to vote favorably on this bill.


GOAL’s Civil Rights and Public Safety Bill Gets Extension Order 3/17/10 Update


According to Joint Rule 10 of the Massachusetts legislature all joint committees must act on bills by mid March. GOAL’s bill is within the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. The committees have a choice of several options when acting on legislation. They can place it in a “study order”, release it as “ought to pass” or “ought not to pass” or as in the case of GOAL’s bill H.2259 “An Act Relative to Civil Rights and Public Safety” the committee can file for an extension order.

Although the Committee did not release H.2259 as ought to pass, they did ask for an extension order. This is actually fairly good news as this would tend to mean they wish to continue working on it this session.

Please call, email, and write to the committee members and your representatives to urge them to release this bill ASAP with a favorable report. Contact information is here.


H.2259 Hearing. A great first step.1/27/10

1/28/10. Yesterday was a great first step towards reforming our current gun legislation. A well attended public hearing provided the vehicle in initiating the process of H. 2259 becoming law.

MA. State Rep George Peterson introduced the legislation to the committee, impressing them with an enormous stack of letters of support from GOAL members and citizens of the Commonwealth.

The afternoon was filled with testimony, GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace was well received by the committee, providing great commentary on our current laws, discussing the many problems with our current licensing standards, discussing statistics showing how our current laws are failing our state, and how we can protect the Constitutional Rights of our law abiding citizens while punishing violent criminals.

We look forward to continuing discussions with our legislators on this bill. Please continue to monitor the progress here.

Click here for story from the State House News Service

The GOAL Staff would like to thank all that attended, and a huge thank you to all that took the time to speak in favor. Great job all!


H. 2259 Has a Hearing Date! 1/18/10

Wednesday January 27th 2010 11:00 am. Room A1 at the State House
This will be the initial public hearing in regards to GOAL's Civil Rights and Public Safety Bill H. 2259.

Please check this site often as the date approaches, hearings at the State House are prone to being re-scheduled.

If you can attend we would love to have each and every one of you there in support.

It's time to reform our unconstitutional gun laws, and this is where we start.

GOAL's Civil Rights and Public Safety Act has been assigned
House Bill Number, H2259. 

This Bill has been assigned to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.  We urge our members to contact the members of the Committee and ask they support this landmark bill.
Click Here to View the Full Text of the Bill

Members appointed to the committee:

Timilty of Bristol and Norfolk - Chair
Brewer of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin - Vice-Chair
Buoniconti of Hampden
Candaras of First Hampden and Hampshire
Joyce of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
Brown of Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Costello of Newburyport - Chair
Donelan of Orange- Vice-Chair
Toomey of Cambridge
Ayers of Quincy
Nangle of Lowell
Alicea of Charlton
Campbell of Methuen
Aguiar of Fall River
Ashe of Longmeadow
Perry of Sandwich
Hill of Ipswich


GOAL Files Civil RIghts And Public Safety Bill

On January 14, 2009 in what many hope will be a turning point in Massachusetts history, State Representative George Peterson electronically filed the Civil Rights and Public Safety Act (CRPSA). That Wednesday was set to be the deadline for filing legislation for the 2009 – 2010 legislative session.

“Filing the reform legislation was the first official step in putting the Commonwealth back on track after decades of failed laws and policies that have only succeeded in abusing the civil rights of lawful citizens,” said Jim Wallace Executive Director of GOAL. “This legislation represents a new concept, at least for this state, to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals by reforming our gun laws to make them clear, comprehensive and effective. They should be tough on criminals and easy to enforce. However, our gun laws also should do more to respect the individual right of every citizen of the United States to keep and bear arms and we believe we can do both at the same time! Unlike the tragic mistakes that took place in 1998, the Commonwealth desperately needs real reform with real results.”

Over the next few weeks, the House Clerks office will assign the bill a number and then it will be assigned to a committee. GOAL will keep its members informed concerning the official movement of the bill. 

Click here to view "A Decade of Disaster" information about the complete failure of MA. Gun Control.


News about H.2259

H. 2259. Mass Chiefs Openly Discuss Licensing Abuse  “Liability is only increased by failing to comply with the statutory licensing requirements or exceeding one’s authority regarding how those licenses are issued or regulated.”


Sensible Gun Reform. H. 2259 backs rights and protections. Worcester Telegrams & Gazette  A House bill to reform and simplify Massachusetts’ firearm licensing laws is a welcome step toward protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens


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