The small town of Westford is considering a ban on the possession of assault weapons, machine guns, and large-capacity firearms and ammunition, igniting a local debate normally reserved for state or national politics
- Assault weapons 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.
- Large-capacity firearms: True. This article will ban ANY firearm that accepts a magazine, despite the capacity of that magazine.
- An ammunition ban is not apparent form the words in Article 30.
there is little political movement so far at the state or national level, despite gun control proposals by both Governor Deval Patrick and President Obama.
- Our President, our Vice President, and our Governor have made their agendas and their intensions very clear on this issue.
- Our President addressed this in the State of the Union.
- Our Vice President is chartered with leading political movement against guns.
- Our Governor has proposed severely restricting laws against firearms despite the existing ones that are among the strictest in the nation.
The goal, to work with the police chief to draft a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, was approved unanimously.
- The police chief requested an addition to the proposed bylaw penned by Jeffries to include a section preventing the disarming of our police force.
- No other aspects of this bylaw came from the Westford Chief of Police
Ross said he would rather see gun violence addressed at the state and national levels, instead of trying to break new ground locally and increasing the workload for town police.
- The Governor of Massachusetts is actively pursuing this topic
- Bigger workload for Westford’s Finest = taxpayers paying for additional workload on a bylaw that does NOTHING to promote school safety, or loss of existing workload that benefits our citizens in order to maintain the budget.
Westford is only one town away from the New Hampshire border, where no permit or license is required to buy a gun.
- A MA resident can’t ‘just go by a firearm from a gun shop over the border and take it home’.
- To purchase a firearm in New Hampshire, a New Hampshire resident must show a driver’s license to show they are a New Hampshire resident.
- Any firearms purchased by a Massachusetts resident from an out of state gun shop must have the firearm delivered to a Massachusetts licensed gun shop where the FBI background check is performed, a firearm permit is shown, and the appropriate paperwork is filed.
MA licensed firearms dealer cannot accept the transfer of a firearm that is
banned by MA. The licensed firearm dealer will not file the paperwork to
transfer a banned firearm’s ownership to the MA resident. The firearm will be sent back to the original