Skip to comments.Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban (2004)
Posted on 02/13/2012 8:54:11 PM PST by Darren McCarty
Governor Mitt Romney has signed into law a permanent assault weapons ban that he says will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on these guns.
'Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts," Romney said, at a bill signing ceremony on July 1 with legislators, sportsmen's groups and gun safety advocates. "These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people."
Like the federal assault weapons ban, the state ban, put in place in 1998, was scheduled to expire in September. The new law ensures these deadly weapons, including AK-47s, UZIs and Mac-10 rifles, are permanently prohibited in Massachusetts no matter what happens on the federal level.
"We are pleased to mark an important victory in the fight against crime," said Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. "The most important job of state government is ensuring public safety. Governor Romney and I are determined to do whatever it takes to stop the flood of dangerous weapons into our cities and towns and to make Massachusetts safer for law-abiding citizens."
"Never before has there been such bi-partisan cooperation in the passage of gun safety legislation of this magnitude in this nation," said John Rosenthal, co-founder and chair of Stop Handgun Violence. "I applaud the leadership of the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker and entire Legislature for passage of this assault weapons ban renewal. They have shown that Massachusetts can continue to lead the nation in protecting the public and law enforcement from military style assault weapons."
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I don't know what the polls are in your state. Here, Santorum leads, and Gingich is either a distant third or fourth depending on which poll. That could change in the last two weeks, but I doubt it as Gingrich is not personally campaigning in Michigan. That's his choice. He's concentrating down South. Santorum is campaigning here. We have a chance to stop this gun grabber in his birth state which he thought he had wrapped up four years ago. That is what I intend to do - deny him a win in his birth state, maybe even setting things up for Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum to fight for the nomination with Romney cast aside.
For now - stop Romney!
This is purely the only move a Severely Conservative man would take. Milt says so.
The fatal flaw in Romney’s thinking is that by outlawing assault rifles that it will in turn lead to greater safety.
In reality, this will only mean criminals, especially hard drug dealers, will have assault rifles.
While I’m not too excited with the idea of granny down the road with an AK, I’m pretty sure the 2nd Amendment is rather clear in its definition.
Simply proves that he’s just another stupid bastard willing to ban a firearm because of what it looks like.
If I had to choose between an adversary with either a .300 WinMag or an AR15 or AK47, I’d pick the guy with the AR15 or AK47 every time.
So far even Obama had more sense than this.
What a shMitthead!
By Romney’s hare-brained logic, you may as well ban semi-automatic pistols, because revolvers are adequate for self-defense and semi-autos only enable mass killers. Idiot.
With the stroke of a pen this guy would turn millions into felons.
Oh yes Willie Mitty made it safe for the people of MASS
Now I wish hed make it safe for the people of the USA
and drop out...
I guess mine are feeling neglected.
Romney is an idiot. I’ll never vote for him.
Here’s the best definition of an `assault rifle’ I’ve seen:
“a shoulder-fired, select-fire weapon used by an individual soldier, firing an intermediate rifle caliber with a detachable high-capacity magazine.”
`The Gun Digest Book of the AK & SKS,’ Krause Publications, Patrick Sweeney.
The element of this prima facie definition usually lacking in an evil black gun banned by idiots like Romney is that they lack a `select-fire’ feature, or are only semi-automatic; e.g. the `Automat Kalashnikov 1947’ or AK-47 was capable of fully automatic fire.
Did I say Romney is an idiot yet? Just to be sure, George Romney was a mere half-wit while his son Mitt Romney is a complete idiot.
Romney in his own words on guns.....
You know, the law that revokes your firearm "privileges" in the event of conviction of a MISDEMEANOR or even if you're under a restraining order anywhere in the 50 states, for any reason.
Only Gingrich and Paul are rock solid on the Second Amendment.
“life-long hunter” Romney, he “hunted varmints twice.” “Elk—no, no mooses!”
A moose once bit his sister over a piece of cheese.
Thanks to Mitt, John Moses Browning must be spinning like a top in his coffin.
depends on how close the encounter.
I’ve got a case of the shakes for one of these:
Romney: HE DID IT BEFORE AND HE WILL DO IT AGAIN!
Somebody should ask Mittens, “What is the definition of an assault weapon?”
NO! Not a laundry list of names of weapons, a DEFINITION!
This is the problem, they can ban many other guns based on the same criteria.
It was foot in the door legislation, only intended to be a starting point.
Romney supporters gush about concessions made to shooters. The concessions were worthless crap.
Almost EVERYBODY f'ed up with Lautenberg.
That's an assault rifle. Mitt banned assault weapons, defined as
“a hip-fired, spray-fire bullet hose used by an mass murderer, firing an high powered bullet, with a detachable high-capacity clip and a shoulder thing that goes up".”
I will not vote for that POS and no amount of guilt tripping or boogeyman pimping will change my mind.
Who says you can’t hunt with a M4? I have one that I hunt everything from squirrels and groundhogs to deer with. It came with a .223 upper when I bought it. I have since added uppers in 6.8SPC and .22 Long Rifle.
The 6.8SPC fires a .277 caliber bullet (.270) and it will drop a whitetail deer in it’s tracks as it did three times this past season. This was the first time I have used a AR15 platform to hunt big game with and I’m hooked. Very light and maneuverable, flat shooting, hard hitting, what’s not to love!
Wrong, Mitt. They are self-defense against the abuses of power of an out-of-control government. They are much more precise in targeting than the alternative, IEDs.
“And SANTORUM voted for the Lautenberg Amendment.”
If true that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. Conservative my @$$.