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Posted on 01/18/2013 7:24:00 PM PST by pabianice
GOVERNOR PATRICK FILES GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION
BOSTON Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Seeking to put an end to the gun violence that impacts too many families and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick today will file commonsense gun safety legislation to enhance background checks, close licensing loopholes, reduce access to high-powered rounds of ammunition and prevent illegal firearm possession. Additionally, in the FY14 budget he files next week, the Governor will include a $5 million increase for Department of Mental Health (DMH) programs that promote public safety and increase public awareness that mental health treatment is available and effective. Todays package builds on gun safety measures the Governor has filed over the years and coincides with the legislative momentum building here and across the country to strengthen gun laws following the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT last month.
Both proactively, and in the wake of too many tragedies, I have filed legislation to tackle the problem of gun violence and illegal firearm possession. Today, we do so again along with an important investment in mental health programs. Mental illness is a disease that can be treated, and our communities are safer when the appropriate services and supports are available for people in need, said Governor Patrick. I am encouraged by the palpable consensus in our Legislature that the time for action is now. All of us must pull in the same direction to bring about real change in this state and across the country.
Furthermore, the Governor looks forward to working with our state, municipal and federal partners on comprehensive gun safety legislation.
Far too often, we are faced with grieving horrific and tragic losses of innocent lives, said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. We owe it to all neighborhoods and communities to enact stronger and more responsible controls by strengthening firearm legislation in the Commonwealth. At the same time, we need to ensure that children, young adults and all residents in need have access to effective mental health services and treatment.
The Governors comprehensive gun safety legislation is a multi-pronged approach to curb gun violence, protect families and build safer neighborhoods. Specifically, the legislation would:
Enhance background checks by bringing Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This would require the Commonwealths courts to transmit all relevant mental health records to the Massachusetts criminal justice information system so that the federal government could include this information in a national registry all states access before issuing gun licenses.
Close an existing loophole in order to require gun purchasers to undergo background checks at gun shows.
Reduce access to high-powered rounds of ammunition.
Limit the number of weapon sales by licensed dealers to not more than one per licensed individual a month. Additionally, the legislation requires private gun sales to occur at the business of a licensed dealer so that the sale can be tracked electronically and prevents the furnishing of a machine gun to any person under the age of 21.
Amend the existing law addressing weapons on school grounds by creating tiered punishments for possessing different weapons on school property and giving police the authority to arrest without a warrant in order to quickly diffuse a dangerous situation on school property.
Create four new crimes: assault and battery by means of a firearm, assault by means of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and commission of a violent misdemeanor while in possession of a weapon. Additionally, the bill increases the authorized minimum penalties for third and fourth offenses of illegal possession and carrying of firearms, shotguns, rifles, and machine guns and increases the maximum punishment for a second offense.
Following todays call for commonsense gun safety measures, next week the Governor will propose in his FY14 budget a 3.3% increase in DMH funding from FY13. Included in that increase is $5 million to fund the following programs that have the greatest impact on public safety:
$2M for Emergency Services Program supporting Secure Mobile Capacity and Technology: Mobile Crisis teams travel to locations with individuals in crisis and provide specialized mental health services from trained responders. The increase to the personnel and technology budget will improve and expand the Commonwealths Mobile Crisis outreach capacity, while enhancing staff safety and response times. The goal of each Mobile Crisis unit is to prevent potential harm or violence by helping individuals with mental health needs connect with treatment.
$1M for Mental Health Training and Consultation to School Systems: Middle and high school personnel will receive training and ongoing technical assistance to recognize symptoms of mental illness in students and to learn how to effectively address and support students with mental illness effectively.
$900,000 for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT): This increase more than doubles the Departments current crisis intervention training budget for law enforcement and other community-based first responders. Responders trained in CIT can better recognize, de-escalate and intervene with individuals who are in emotional distress or suffering from a mental illness and divert them to treatment they need.
$500,000 for the Massachusetts Child Psychiatric Access Program: Most mental illnesses begin in childhood and early diagnosis and treatment can help keep children healthy and prevent psychiatric disability in adulthood. The Massachusetts Child Psychiatric Access Program provides access to psychiatric consultation to pediatricians for medication, treatment and referral for children who exhibit signs of behavioral or mental health concerns during pediatrics visits.
I am very pleased to hear of this additional funding to the Department of Mental Health. I also hope that this will be only the beginning of a serious conversation about the status of our mental health system, said Senator John Keenan. The Governor today takes an important step towards promoting public safety, but there is a need for broader conversation. Our responsibility to provide for adequate mental and behavioral health services is fundamentally about compassion for those suffering from mental and behavioral health challenges, about the families that care for them, and about the contributions they can make to our society if shown the proper care and support.
In addition to enhancing these critical services, the Governors budget will seek to increase funding by $100,000 for to the Center for Early Detection and Response to Risk (CEDAR) program and provide $500,000 for a public education campaign to increase knowledge that treatment is effective and available, while reducing the stigma associated with accessing mental health services.
I feel so bad for conservatives in Mass. That state is truly a lost cause. It’s not right!
During recent years, whenever I hear the terms “common sense” and “comprehensive” come from the mouth of a politician, it just makes me want to run like hell in the other direction!
Whata ya say we restrict the gasoline on Deval Patricks SUV?
Whata ya say we restrict car ownership on this Ahole? isn’t he legally blind?
Deval you have no business driving that tank ruining the planet, potentially mowing down old ladies and lil chiruns!!
The Nazi Word of the Month is “Commonsense”.
I’m one of those you’re feeling sorry for. It’s all largely benign, the ammo is probably armor piercing rounds. The worst of it is a separately filed bill that would require gun owners to hold liability insurance. I pray to God that doesn’t pass.
I’ve been talking to recruiters about Texas. I don’t want to be anywhere near tornadoes though and not near liberal Austin. Need suggestions here.
Every time I see the words common sense I know that we’re getting screwed
I was just thinking the same. I’m just not sure there’s any saving to the northeast.
I think conservatives in that part of the country should consider moving to flyover country and denying the northeast those electoral votes.
What are the chances of anyone in need of mental health, no matter what kind, seek it now?
The school shooting happened in CT. Have they imposed any crazy gun laws yet? Mass & NY seemed too quick to draw.
Don’t overlook the rest of the country. Depending on what you can do and what sort of place you like, you might find someplace to call home in the midwest.
Wow. Are the States starting to split up? States with gun rights and states without?
Wonder if this will be a turning point in the history of the US.
It is not really really bad yet. But liberal states may try to push for more authoritarian rule.
I didn't know that machine guns were legal in Mass. Only state in the Union where they are. sarc>
You’re kidding yourself. “Armor-piercing” for these thugs starts at .22 magnum.
Why the hell would you want to spread a dangerous situation over a larger area? Another "journalist" that can't write. This kind of crap really bothers me. (Just for the record- I only have a high school education).
diffuse[ dih-fyooz; dih-fyoos ] verb (used with object)
1. to pour out and spread, as a fluid.
2. to spread or scatter widely or thinly; disseminate.
3. to spread by diffusion
At least 47% of voters get all of their news from these idiots.
I’m in computer software so choices are limited. I need land. I have six plus acres here, would want more.
“Machine gun” = any semi-auto rifle. Don’t you know that?
I can buy it out of state. Under the Firearms Owners Protection Act I can transport ammo across state lines as long as it’s secured.
Austin does have liberals, but not even in the same ball park as communist Mass.
Oh... and to you thousands of hunters in the state that never got involved because “they’ll never take my hunting rifle so who cares,” guess what? Your hunting ammo is included in “armor-piercing!” Better get started learning to hunt with a bow or hatchet.
Austin is merely a blip on the screen in TX, even though its the capital.
Tornados aren’t that big a deal either.
You are way more likely to be killed by a lightening strike.
But then again I’ve lived here in Texas a long time.
If I had to move states I would say Utah is a good one as far as gun freedom goes.
I’d be open to Utah. There is some high tech there.
Mini-Zero has gone lame-duck wild. He's proposed an additional $1.5 billion in transportation spending, including $150 million for, get this, bike paths. Nothing like biking to work in a snow storm, or when it's 10 degrees outside.
There isn't...never happen. Never.
Come to Alaska.
You might consider Michigan. We’ve got a very tech friendly governor and an increasingly right leaning state. Tech seems centered around very liberal Ann Arbor and moderate to conservative Grand Rapids.
We’ve got a beautiful state with more hunting and fishing than we can handle. We have both open and concealed carry. Its cold but not North Dakota cold and the lakes tend to moderate the plains storms so they usually aren’t too bad.
You might find some info here on potential business opportunities. http://www.michiganadvantage.org/
I’ve also been keeping a legislative action thread over here so you can see the direction we’re taking. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2967053/posts?page=1
We’re mostly headed in the right direction.
“Need suggestions here”
Here you go:
1. You’re behind enemy lines.
2. You need to protect your family.
3. Leave now.
4. Texas has far less poisonous reptiles than what you have infesting your governorship.
You conservatives in red commie states need to realize that you will be targets when the commies start spilling blood, and there’s no SEAL rescue team that can come and get you. There’s room for you right now in the patriot states. Take the invitation.
Dear Governor Patrick,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We've been thinking Texas too, but I'm afraid of the immigrants over-running the place in the next 10 years. What's left?
After the last election I basically gave up on this state. My current company’s HQ is in Houston.
Houston or San Antonio (the suburbs of course)
Yeah, I’d go nowhere near the southern parts. I’d wind up getting in a war with the drug cartels going through my land. I actually own land in El Paso but it’s not worth a damn.
Well it's settled then, Virginia is the place for you. The one caveat is that you will have to get a job with some work-from-home or get used to carpooling. Lots of software jobs going begging, although mainly with clearances. I have just five acres but would recommend places with 10 and a decent house for 300k or less.
Nonsense! Your response is typical of the spongy/servile attitudes that have led us to this stage of tyranny.
"...ammo is probably.."??? Yep. Those .22 Hornets gotta go. ATF has probably done computerized tests that show they will pierce armor at thousands of yards...If they say so...it will be true.
Forget insurance. They (our leaders) tell me we already do that for cars and, now, health-care...Get used to it...
The most grievous attack on individual freedom in the MA scumbags ideas is that you will have to go to a gun store to do a private sale...Where ATF big brother will be watching and smiling benevolently..
Yes, MA conservatives have about as much influence as conservatives within the Republican Party. Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Damn ! Before this you could buy machine guns in Massachusetts ?
Lawmakers are clueless !
You're going to have to pass a background check before we will consider your application.
I dont want to be anywhere near tornadoes though and not near liberal Austin.
Houston is nice, no tornadoes, although you could see everything you own blown away in a hurricane. But it could be worse, you could live in Austin ;^)
There is plenty of land in the Midwest, for what you sell your 6 acres for in the Northeast, you could probably buy 20 in rural areas of the plains/Midwest.
MA resident here. We’ve vacationed a lot in Williamsburg, have driven a lot through the state, and like it a lot. I’m an illustrator/graphic designer, but most of my work has been in technical illustration. I have a security clearance, so I could get work with a defense contractor, but it sounds like defense may get cut back. Anyway, I would have to live within an hour of a city. The best would be to live within an hour of 2 or three cities. What area would be good?
That’s my other problem. I’d have to be rural. Neighborhoods drive me nuts. I am rural now and love it.
Thank goodness. Maybe now I can find som 308 ammo.
Sure, there are takers among them, more so recently given the political climate. But there are as many takers among other...races as well.
LaRaza which has its own agenda, and gangs who are basically taking advantage of opportunity, aside - the average Mexican immigrant, legal or illegal, pretty much divorce themselves of politics.
Propaganda is a powerful tool. Propaganda makes good evil, evil good. Illegals were happy being illegal, and most of us were willing to overlook it until propaganda told us otherwise.
What I'm saying can't fit in the paragraphs offered.
Take your hunting rifle? In Massachusetts?
Sorry, FRiend, ain’t no such animal in the Bay State.
Rifles are allowed for squirrel hunting only in the western half of the state. I’ve heard the same rules and geographic restrictions apply to bear hunting (with larger-caliber rifles, of course) but I’ve never pursued old Smokey so I’m not sure.
Barring those two exceptions, Massachusetts is shotgun only for everything else.
Hubby and I got our carry licenses a couple of years ago, just in case. Thankfully our town is pretty reasonable, unlike some others in MA. We still haven’t bought a gun, but were hoping to do so soon.
Hmmm, there may be some unintended consequences to this new legislation if the penalty for illegal possession and carrying a machine gun is the same as the illegal possession and carrying a non-machine gun.
What’s the tech job market like in Alaska? I’d move, but I haven’t seem more than 15-20 jobs in the whole state that come close to what I do. I’ve spent way too much money on training and education in my field to throw it all over for a new career at my age.
If the link works, you should see decent houses and land for 2-300. Some flatlands, some hilly.
Another power grab that does nothing to address the criminal use of guns.
If laws worked there would be no crime.
Democrats love to use tragedy as an excuse to expand the grasp and control of the government.
What an effing d-bag.
I have stop and think about whom I despise more:Obama or Deval.
These idiots don’t know the difference between a target load and a SW50 cal pistol.
I have relatives in Sterling. Too yankee for me that far north though.