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Thu Jul 24, 2014, 12:39 PM

 

Senators Propose Compromise On Rifle Permit Discretion For Police Chiefs

The Barrett letter was signed by Sens. Kenneth Donnelly (D-Arlington), Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield), Barry Finegold (D-Andover), Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) and Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport). All six voted in favor of the Sen. Michael Moore amendment last week that removed discretion from the Senate bill.

“We favor legislating reasonable grounds for denying a hunting rifle in appropriate cases, but we want these grounds to give narrower and clearer guidance to both law enforcement and citizens. We have a substantial number of constituents who object to formulations on hunting guns that seem too careless or too rushed,” the letter states.

The House gun bill proposed to give discretion to police chiefs to deny a Firearm Identification Card to someone who might not fall under the list of “prohibited persons,” but has demonstrated or engaged in behavior that suggests they could be a threat to public safety. Chiefs already have such discretion in issuing handgun licenses.

The six senators, who were among the 28 that voted to strip the provision from the bill, argued the language was too broad and open to interpretation. They proposed a new section that would allow a chief to deem an applicant unsuitable if they have demonstrated that they pose a “concrete and articulable risk of harm in the reasonably near term to himself or to others.”

http://www.wbur.org/2014/07/23/senators-rifle-permit-discretion-police

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Thu Jul 24, 2014, 01:07 PM

1. Jesus! Just follow the 5th Amendment! instead of

 

this convoluted end-run on due process. Lawyers are gearing up, I'll bet.

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Sun Jul 27, 2014, 07:45 PM

2. Yeah. We wouldn't want "those people" being allowed to buy guns.

Society can only be safe when 1 person gets to decide who does and does not get to exercise their civil rights.

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