Being a gun owner in one of the bluest liberal states is getting to be more than a little frustrating, since Massachusetts is increasing delays in processing gun licenses. This type of abuse of law-abiding citizens by the state is harmful and could be deadly if a potential lawful gun license applicant is delayed, and is confronted with a life threatening situation that results in deadly harm to the family.
According to Fox News’ report from the Washington Free Beacon, this type of abuse of the Second Amendment right to bear arms is nothing new in the state. These are not just waits of a couple of days or weeks. The Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) which is an official state affiliate of the National Rifle Association suggests that as many as “1,000 reports of long delays,” are currently being experienced.
The State law is quite specific about how long a gun license request can legally take. It says it part, “The licensing authority shall, within 40 days from the date of application, either approve the application and issue the license or deny the application and notify the applicant of the reason for such denial in writing.” Chapter 140, Section 131 of Massachusetts’ General Law.
In plain English it says after 40 days the state must make a decision or give the gun license applicant the license!
Not so much in Massachusetts, where gun license applicants can find the wait being as long as four months or longer. It means that the 16,000 members of GOAL can eventually find themselves experiencing this apparent intentional action of the state to hinder the lawful gun ownership rights of citizen gun owners.
The leaders of GOAL are not standing still. The organization has launched a statewide effort to solicit stories of delaying tactics the members are experiencing as evidence of state officials intent to deprive gun owners of their licensing.
In addition a state legislator has introduced measure “Bill S.1161
Resolutions relative to firearm licensing” to end the needless delays and provides in part:
“Whereas, such a delay may violate state law requiring processing of applications within a 40 day time frame;
Whereas, because of this unnecessary delay, applicants are subject to potential fines and may be jailed for offenses of possession of firearms without a license, of no fault of their own;
Whereas, every citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enjoys constitutional rights to keep and bear arms in accordance with the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Article XVII of the Constitution of the Commonwealth; ”
Even if the gun licensing efforts are continuously blocked by the liberal state officials, the mid-term elections of 2014 are coming, and blue state gun owners can join their fellow gun owners in Massachusetts in united efforts to stop the practice by supporting GOAL.
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