Wicked Local Article: Gun bylaw debate will get another airing in Westford

Jeffries demonstrates to the world that he intends to ban firearms in Westford. The side effect is that this lets criminals know that the citizens in our affluent town will be greatly limited to defending themselves against crimes like burglaries, home invasions, and sexual assaults.  Read the fact checks below to hear the real truth.

 

 

Wicked Local Article from 02/13/2013:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/westford/news/x206926057/Gun-bylaw-debate-could-get-another-airing-in-Westford?zc_p=0#axzz2Kn65xd12

 

The article states:

Robert Jefferies probably had no idea he was putting himself in the eye of a storm when he called for a community militia in December and then filed an amendment to the firearms bylaw in Westford, Mass., where he serves as a selectman.

Facts:

-         Jeffries did indeed propose to the board of selectmen to form a town militia.

-         This was voted down by the rest of the town board of selectmen

-         He wanted to know who had what and how could he get this private information.

-         The intent was for Westford residents who owned firearms to reveal who they were and what they owned.

 

 

The article states:

…his push to ban certain firearms and large capacity feeding devices, is not being taken lightly.

Facts:

-         Regarding certain firearms: Article 30 bans any firearm that accepts any magazine regardless of magazine capacity being used.

-         Regarding large capacity feeding devices: Large Capacity Feeding Devices (magazines) are already banned by Massachusetts State Law

 

 

The article states:

In a statement to the Westford Eagle he wrote, "My intent in proposing the selectmen's goal concerning gun laws at our December meeting and then later the bylaw concerning a ban on assault weapons and large capacity feeding devices, but not semiautomatic weapons, was to generate discussion of an important public safety issue in the Town that affects our first responders, our school children and all of the citizens of the town.”

Facts:

-         This article will ban ANY firearm that accepts a magazine, despite the capacity of that magazine.

-         Assault weapons are already banned by Massachusetts State Law

-         The article WILL ban semiautomatic firearms and even non-semiautomatic firearms like a Scout rifle which is bolt action and accepts a magazine.

 

 

The article (page 2) states:

“I had no choice but to talk with them,” Jefferies said. “They’d already interviewed the other side.”

Facts:

-         According to the woman at BUR that interviewed Al Prescott, the interview was intended to be a point-counterpoint but Jeffries refused to call in

-         Without Jeffries having penned Article 30, the interviews would never have happened.

-         It’s America.  We have a choice.

 

 

The article (page 2) states:

Jefferies is seeking to ban “assault weapons, large capacity weapons, machine guns or large capacity feeding devices” that can hold more than 10 rounds.


Facts:

-         This article will ban ANY firearm that accepts a magazine, despite the capacity of that magazine.

-         Assault weapons are already banned by Massachusetts State Law

-         Large Capacity Feeding Devices (magazines) are already banned by Massachusetts State Law

-         Machine guns - It has been unlawful since 1934 (The National Firearms Act) for civilians to own machine guns without special permission from the U.S. Treasury Department. Normal firearms owners are not permitted to purchase or possess these with a Massachusetts Firearm Permit.

 

The article (page 3) states:

In a letter dated Jan. 22, Town Counsel Greg Corbo of Boston-based law firm, Kopelman and Paige, said Jefferies’ amendment could violate the Second Amendment and could be preempted by Massachusetts General Laws. It could also violate the 14th Amendment right to due process by constituting a regulatory taking, Corbo said.

Facts:

-          True.  Lawsuits over the same issue have occurred in other cities including DC and Chicago. The cities lost and their cost was in the millions.

 

 

The article (page 3) states:

In their videotaped interviews on Westford CAT, Prescott and Jefferies each referenced the same law case – District of Columbia v. Heller – to shape arguments their way. Heady stuff and proof you can bend anything to meet your needs.

Facts:

-         The interpretation was not bent by either party: Jeffries only provided PART of the data, Al Prescott provided the conclusion form the report.

-         Jeffries did not provide the complete results try support his side

-         Al Prescott cited the document, supplied the document at the interview, and correctly cited the conclusion: It IS determined that owning a firearm for self-defense IS protected under the Second Amendment.