The proposed legislation, H3264 "An Act Relative to Civil Rights and Public Safety" should be viewed as a complete rewrite of the Massachusetts gun laws.

           

Current gun law in Massachusetts does not do enough to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. Instead, it overburdens law-abiding citizens who seek to own a firearm legally. The Bartley-Fox Act (1974) and The Gun Control Act of 1998 are combining to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens in the name of protecting the peace, instead of protecting people from violent criminals.

We need 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.

Our gun laws should do more to respect the individual right of every citizen of the United States to keep and bear arms. We believe we can do both.

 

Here's how our reform would strengthen our criminal laws:

 

Here's what our reform would do to enhance individual rights:

We believe we can do both.