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MA Lawmaker Wants Home Inspections for Gun Owners
The Truth About Guns ^ | Nov 11, 2013 | ick Leghorn

Posted on 11/11/2013 9:01:16 AM PST by Kip Russell

In Massachusetts, things aren’t looking very rosy for civil liberties. Already suffering under a “high capacity” magazine ban and other draconian firearms restrictions, some lawmakers don’t feel they haven’t gone far enough toward preventing another Newtown. While there’s already a “safe storage” law on the books, Swampscott Selectman Barry Greenfield believes police should go door-to-door to inspect the gun collections of his town’s residents—to see if they’re in compliance with the law. Apparently Barry isn’t familiar with the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Or maybe he feels like when it comes to guns, the word “unreasonable” has a much less strict interpretation, as evinced by his proposed implementation plans. From the Swampscott Patch . . .

The selectman said state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable.

The problem, he said, is that police do not have the authority, granted by a local ordinance, to enforce the law and inspect the safeguarding of guns at the homes of the 600 registered gun owners in town.

The selectman said he has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this.

“We need the ability to enforce the state law,” the selectman said.

The latest interpretation of the Fourth Amendment is that any search of a dwelling requires a warrant to be issued with supporting documentation as to whether there is a high probability that a crime is being committed. It keeps law enforcement officers from barging into your home whenever they feel like it and is an effective check on the propensity for police to over-step their bounds.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; massachusetts

1 posted on 11/11/2013 9:01:16 AM PST by Kip Russell
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To: Kip Russell

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

– Declaration of Independence


2 posted on 11/11/2013 9:03:00 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Kip Russell

Uh oh. More cavity searches on the way.


3 posted on 11/11/2013 9:07:18 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Albion Wilde

Well, it is MA for cryin’ out loud. If it’ll help keep john f’n heinz kerry safe, it’ll be worth it.


4 posted on 11/11/2013 9:13:41 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Kip Russell
Swampscott Selectman Barry Greenfield believes police should go door-to-door to inspect the gun collections of his town’s residents—to see if they’re in compliance with the law.

Incredibly, this is taking place in Massachusetts--where 240 years ago, a revolution against abusive government power of this sort began.

5 posted on 11/11/2013 9:16:01 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: All

Swampscott high school students had a hoodie day in honor of trayvon martin, so you can see the thought process in that town.


6 posted on 11/11/2013 9:23:32 AM PST by willywill
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To: Kip Russell
Unless they have a search warrant the cops had better send a SWAT team to *my* doorstep.
7 posted on 11/11/2013 9:23:41 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Kip Russell

We need the ability to REPEAL the state law, AND FIRE THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO SUPPORTED IMPLEMENTATION!


8 posted on 11/11/2013 9:25:05 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Kip Russell
requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable.

I thought the Supremes in the Heller case said that wasn't Constitutional.

/johnny

9 posted on 11/11/2013 9:29:15 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kip Russell

“...Selectman Barry Greenfield believes police should go door-to-door...”

Barry should go with on the first few inspections. There may be a few jobs opening up.


10 posted on 11/11/2013 9:36:51 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Kip Russell

Massachusetts is a communist state.


11 posted on 11/11/2013 9:43:04 AM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Kip Russell; ExTexasRedhead
Maybe the guy would be happy if we all had to wear arm patches? That way, he could identify gun owners and political "dissidents" as well.


12 posted on 11/11/2013 9:45:35 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Fiji Hill
Incredibly, this is taking place in Massachusetts...

No, it's not. You haven't been reading the stories out of Lexington and Concord and their descent into lunacy over the past few decades.

Off the top of my head, Concord has banned the sale of bottled water in stores, and the trust-fund babies want to enact an income tax on those without the benefit of tax-exempt income in the town.

Swampscott is pretty well-to-do, iirc. More "limousine" liberalism.

13 posted on 11/11/2013 9:59:36 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: JRandomFreeper

I keep my doors and windows locked.
My House is one big Gun Safe.


14 posted on 11/11/2013 10:02:38 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

An unloaded Gun is inoperable.


15 posted on 11/11/2013 10:05:09 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: Kip Russell

Store body bags on your front porch.


16 posted on 11/11/2013 10:19:00 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Kickass Conservative
I'm just now letting one of my grandsons into my house. He gets stopped at the door and has to recite "Every weapon in this house is loaded and ready to fire. Do not touch them."

He's recently been through a firearm safety course, so he's one of the grandkids that is allowed inside this Darwin test I call home.

/johnny

17 posted on 11/11/2013 10:24:37 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kip Russell

What’s the point of keeping guns if you won’t use them?


18 posted on 11/11/2013 10:25:01 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Kip Russell

I seem to recall a tale about British soldiers being sent to confiscate some guns that were “unsafely stored” in Concord, Mass. a couple of hundred years ago. That didn’t work out all that well........


19 posted on 11/11/2013 10:56:16 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: Kip Russell

For those too young to remember,google the name “Carl Rowan” to find out how “progressives” *actually* feel about gun control.In short,Rowan was a black,and *very* left wing,columnist for the Washington Compost.Apart from racism his big bugaboo was guns.To him,only the cops and military should have guns.Well,a couple of white kids decided to trespass on his property one day (which,of course,they should *not* have done) but with no apparent intent to cause harm or to steal and....well,I’ll let you look up the rest.


20 posted on 11/11/2013 10:57:31 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: G Larry

Fire, jail, try and hang officials like this. We need examples so that others do not attempt this treason.


21 posted on 11/11/2013 11:19:31 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I started shooting Guns when I was eight years old.

To this day I cannot understand the Liberal fear of Firearms, outside of the fact that there may come a time where they and their Fascist Leaders take things a little too far.


22 posted on 11/11/2013 8:35:04 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: silverleaf

I want home inspections for meddlesome politicians.


23 posted on 11/11/2013 9:39:36 PM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: willywill

Swampscott is a bastion of money, fine homes and akin to its neighbor 3,000 miles away is the Mill Valley of MA.


24 posted on 11/12/2013 12:18:24 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Kip Russell

Ping for later


25 posted on 11/12/2013 3:08:13 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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