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Bill would overturn local gun ordinances

August 28, 2019

CommonWealth Magazine,


August 27, 2019-

THE LEGISLATURE’S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE will hear public testimony on firearms bills on Wednesday. In roughly equal numbers, the 68 bills before the Committee would either tighten gun control in the state or loosen it. One of the bills proposing to loosen gun control, House 2122, would prohibit cities and towns from enacting or enforcing “any law, ordinance or regulation concerning the lawful ownership, use, possession, transfer, purchase, receipt or transportation of weapons.”

If the bill were to become law, it would immediately invalidate all municipal laws restricting who may fire a gun and under what circumstances. In its 1986 decision establishing that municipalities may impose such restrictions, the Supreme Judicial Court noted they were in effect in 103 cities and towns. The bill would also overturn other gun-related ordinances, such as the ones prohibiting the possession of guns on school property that are in effect in Boston and Taunton, and the ones prohibiting pawnbrokers from accepting guns as collateral that are in effect in Lawrence, Fall River, and Fitchburg.

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