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Police chief takes stand against proposed gun law
"the only thing this bill will accomplish is turning thousands of our law-abiding residents into criminals overnight"
Police Chief Dana Flynn has taken to Facebook to join the opposition to a Beacon Hill proposal to further regulate firearms in Massachusetts. Flynn says the “bill targets lawful gun owners who are some of the most well vetted in both the Commonwealth and the entire nation. There is nothing in this bill that mandates the judicial system enforce the laws currently in full force and effect.”
Flynn also referenced the recent gun related killing in the state forest that took the life of a New Bedford man: “As we saw all too clearly this week in the State Forest, our issue is with criminals who have guns NOW”
The Saturday post has garnered over 450+ comments and 2800 shares as of Tuesday afternoon.
The Chief added that lawful gun owners can and have saved lives.
We recently had an incident in our community where a lawfully licensed firearm holder stopped the attempted kidnapping, and potentially worse, of a woman in a domestic violence incident. This gentleman was a contractor working at a residence across the street. Under this bill, if this Samaritan did not have expressed written consent of the victim/homeowner to have his firearm on her premises, he would be subject to a criminal charge. The same goes for an off-duty Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputy who saved countless lives a few years back when he ended a stabbing rampage in a Taunton restaurant.
The 140 page bill is sponsored by State Representative Michael Day of Stoneham and follows a Supreme Court decision which struck down some gun laws in New York and Massachusetts.
Flynn is in his third year as chief.