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Dcorvino

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Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« on: January 13, 2016, 10:32:09 AM »
Hi everyone
Just wanted to get this out there incase you have not seen it
Dave

 
airguns are under attack at the state house in Boston today... it's just a hearing but decisions are made fast and we all need to put our input into the authorities that are making the final decision. in short, they are proposing orange tips on pellet and bb guns so they are in the same class as paintball and air-soft. putting orange tips on hunting rifles and pistols is just plain silly if not stupid! please write to these people today and let them know they are making a huge mistake. At New England Airgun we are providing a safe and proper location for airgun use. We need more locations so others have the same opportunities, we don't need to loose this over orange tips!
Below is some information about H.3476, An Act relative to imitation firearms, which is being heard by the Public Safety Committee today.
The language of the bill and its history can be found here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H3476
If you would like to send a letter or an email to the Chairs of the Committee they can be reached using the information below:
Representative Harold Naughton
State House, Room 167
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2230
Harold.naughton@mahouse.gov
Senator James Timilty
State House, Room 507
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1222
james.timilty@masenate.gov




Dcorvino

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 12:51:15 PM »
That's not good
They will probably ban brooms next

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 01:45:22 PM »
That's not good
They will probably ban brooms next

Already took mine... :'(
« Last Edit: February 29, 2016, 03:20:15 PM by Monkeydad1969 »
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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 02:16:30 PM »
Just another case of Coercive Utopianism. That, and a complete lack of compos mentis. Perhaps the author's head is.....
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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2016, 10:16:16 AM »
Update!   

From: https://www.facebook.com/savemassairsoft/?fref=nf
   
"Good morning all.
A quick update. As of this morning the judiciary committe has decided to push for an extension on the bill, extending it out until May 2nd, so the committe has more time to do its research and make a decision.
As of this time no movement has been made on the bill, and it remains on the back burner. The house has been reviewing the bill however has not offered any new terminology or placed it on the agenda.
As the airsoft season approaches make sure to keep checking in and have zero worries as we are here for the community
Pew pew"

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2016, 11:36:03 AM »
Thank you You GungaDin for the update
Hopefully this bill will be stopped
I hope everyone keeps writing the state reps

Dave

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2016, 07:48:32 PM »
Here is the latest update to the Massachusetts Airgun bill
It makes no sense at all.
Please pass this on to anyone you know who maybe affected by this
Also been hearing the Maryland bill may come back.
Remember this concerns all of us.

Dave

Some new amendments made

Amendment #1 to H.3476

H.3476 Imitation Firearms Corrective Amendment

Representatives Cullinane of Boston, Cronin of Easton, Benson of Lunenburg, Livingstone of Boston, Donahue of Worcester and Ashe of Longmeadow move that the bill be amended in section 2, by striking out lines 7 through 17, and replacing them with the following:

‘“Imitation firearm,” any air rifle, or air hand gun, or pellet gun, or bb-gun, or any object made of plastic, wood, metal, or any material which substantially duplicates or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm, rifle, shotgun, or hand gun, unless such air rifle, or air hand gun, or pellet gun, or bb-gun, or device of object: is marked with a non-removable orange stripe which is at least 1 inch in width and runs the entire length of the barrel on each side and the front end of the barrel and runs the length of the handle on each side and the underside of the handle. “Imitation firearm” does not include any non-firing replica of an antique firearm, the original of which was designed, manufactured, and produced prior to 1898 or for permanent display or temporary exhibit in a Massachusetts Museum provided that said firearms are rendered inoperable.”’

And further amend the bill in Section 3, by inserting after the word, “production,” in line 20, the following: “or for permanent display or temporary exhibit in a Massachusetts Museum.”

And further amend the bill in Section 3, , by inserting after the words, “chapter 93A.” in line 26, the following: “Whenever the Attorney General shall believe from evidence satisfactory to the Office of the Attorney General that any person, firm, corporation, or association, or agent, or employee thereof has violated any provision of this law, the Attorney General may bring an action or special proceeding in the supreme court for a judgement enjoining the continuance of such violation and for a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for each violation. A violation under this law shall be defined as one non-compliant imitation firearm. If it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court or justice that the defendant has violated any provision of this article, no proof shall be required that any person has been injured thereby, nor that the defendant knowingly or intentionally violated such provision. In connection with any such proposed application, the Attorney General is authorized to take proof, issue subpoenas, and administer oaths in the manner provided in the civil practice laws and rules.”

And further amend the bill in Section 3, by inserting after the word, “production,” in line 30, the following two subsections:

“(d) Non-compliant imitation firearms legally purchased prior to the implementation of H.3476 may only be used on private property, including at existing paintball and air soft recreational facilities, provided that the private property is not in public view or in view from a public way.”

“(e) Existing licensed recreational paintball and air-soft ranges or facilities shall be allowed to rent, for on-site use only, the current stock of existing non-compliant rental air guns and or paintball guns owned by the business. All retail air rifle, or air hand gun, or pellet gun, or bb-gun, or any object made of plastic, wood, metal, or any material which substantially duplicates or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm, rifle, shotgun, or hand gun, intended for sale shall be subject to this law.”

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Amendment #2 to H.3476

Adding a New Crime

Mr. Linsky of Natick move that the bill be amended by inserting the following new section:-

SECTION XX. Chapter 265 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following:

“Whoever uses a firearm in the commission of a felony, and said firearm has been altered by painting or other means to appear to be an imitation firearm as defined in section 121 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, shall be punished by confinement in the state prison for not less than ten years, and for any such term of years up to life imprisonment. Said sentence shall be served upon the expiration of any other sentence for the underlying felony”.

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Amendment #3 to H.3476

Adding a New Crime II

Mr. Linsky of Natick move that the bill be amended by inserting the following new section: -

SECTION XX. Chapter 265 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following:

“Whoever possesses a firearm, and said firearm has been altered by painting or other means to appear to be an imitation firearm as defined in section 121 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, shall be punished by confinement in the state prison for not less than two years, and not more than twenty years.”

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Amendment #4 to H.3476

False Portrayal of Imitation Firearm

Mr. Markey of Dartmouth move that the bill be amended by inserting the following new section:

SECTION XX Chapter 269 is hereby amended by inserting after section 10(o) the following section

10(p) Whoever possesses a firearm, rifle, sawed off shot gun or shotgun as defined in section 121 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, by altering said firearm, rifle, sawed off shot gun, or shotgun with the intent to lead a reasonable person to believe that such firearm, rifle, sawed off shot gun, or shot gun is an imitation firearm as defined in Section 121 of Chapter 140 of the General Laws, shall be punishable by sentence not to exceed fifteen years in state prison. Such sentence shall begin from and after the expiration of the sentence for the violation of paragraph (a), paragraph (h) or paragraph (c).

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2016, 07:00:49 AM »
Scary to think these are our "LEADERS"
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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2016, 10:12:44 AM »
Scary to think these are our "LEADERS"

It's nuts
They tossed in these amendments that make no sense and are trying to create a law we don't need
I hope reason prevails

Dave

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2016, 10:26:09 AM »
The only "reason" I ever see in Mass state government is when indictments get handed down from the FBI.

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2016, 10:27:47 AM »
The only "reason" I ever see in Mass state government is when indictments get handed down from the FBI.

I hear  ya my friend

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Re: Bill H.3476 Airguns under attack in Massachusetts
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2016, 01:48:00 PM »
Sad thing is that reason and common sense have been replaced by political correctness
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