- Massachusetts has proposed a new gun control bill called HD 4420 that could potentially make gun owners criminals overnight.
- The bill bans numerous makes and models of semi-automatic rifles without any grandfathering clause.
- The definition of firearm will be expanded to include items like BB guns, air guns, pellet guns, and stun guns.
- The bill requires mandatory registration of all firearms and feeding devices, including privately made unserialized firearms.
- It also mandates reporting of gun modifications and itemized lists of new components added to registered firearms.
- The bill changes the FID card to a long gun and revokes it if an address change is not reported within 30 days.
- Only licensed FFLs can sell feeding devices or magazines, and expired FID cards must be confiscated by FFLs.
- The bill imposes new training requirements, including written tests, live fire drills, and proficiency demonstrations.
- Young people under the age of 15 are prohibited from handling firearms or participating in shooting sports.
- There are additional restrictions on feeding devices and high capacity magazines, including registration and transfer prohibition.
- The bill also mandates smart gun technology in new firearms sold in Massachusetts.
Welcome to Washington Gun Law TV. In this video, we will be discussing the extreme gun control legislation proposed in Massachusetts. The bill, known as HD 4420, has gained attention for its potential to imprison gun owners and restrict their rights.
One of the most concerning aspects of this bill is the ban on numerous makes and models of semi-automatic rifles. Unlike previous legislation, there is no grandfathering clause, meaning that gun owners would become criminals overnight if they do not surrender or destroy their firearms. This is a significant violation of liberty and freedom.
In addition to the ban on specific firearms, the bill expands the definition of a firearm to include items such as BB guns, air guns, pellet guns, and stun guns. This broad definition allows the government to regulate and restrict a wide range of items that are not typically considered firearms.
The proposed legislation also includes mandatory registration of all firearms and feeding devices. This includes privately made unserialized firearms, which must be registered within seven days of the law's enactment. Gun owners are also required to report any modifications made to their firearms and provide an itemized list of new components added to their previously registered firearms.
The bill also brings changes to the Firearms Identification (FID) card, converting it to a long gun card. Failure to report an address change within 30 days would result in the revocation of the long gun card. Only licensed Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) would be allowed to sell feeding devices or magazines, restricting access for law-abiding gun owners. Additionally, if an individual presents an expired FID or long gun card at an FFL, it must be confiscated and law enforcement must be alerted.
One of the most troubling provisions of the bill is the prohibition on individuals under the age of 15 from handling firearms or participating in shooting sports. This restriction prevents young people from learning about firearms through parental guidance and denies them the opportunity to engage in organized shooting sports.
The bill also imposes new restrictions on feeding devices and high capacity magazines, including mandatory registration and a prohibition on their transfer. Gun owners would be required to keep large capacity firearms unloaded, locked, and secured in a separate case at all times. Additionally, the bill poorly mandates smart gun technology in all new firearms sold in Massachusetts.
The proposed legislation, HD 4420, is an egregious example of gun control measures. It combines every gun-grabbing wish list into one bill, disregarding constitutional standards and individual rights. While there may be potential for amendments, the bill's fundamentally flawed nature cannot be fixed through minor changes.
Although HD 4420 is still far from becoming law, there are enough votes in the Massachusetts state legislature to potentially pass it. It is crucial for gun owners and advocates of the Second Amendment to stay informed and vocal about this legislation. We will continue to monitor the progress of this bill and provide updates.
As always, it is important for gun owners to know the law and how it applies to them. Understanding the legislation and its potential impact is essential for being a lawful and responsible gun owner. If you have any questions or concerns about this bill or any other Second Amendment rights, please contact Washington Gun Law for assistance.
Stay safe and informed until next time.