The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Not content to defecate all over our Second Amendment rights, the state of Massachusetts is taking a crack at the Fourth Amendment as well. You see, in the latest installment of "Me too! Me too", our intrepid governor has proposed the following changes to the already-draconian MA gun laws. Among these changes is this little gem, which I will highlight for the purpose of this post:
SECTION 25. Said section 131M of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding the following paragraph:-
Any large capacity feeding device that has or can readily be restored or converted to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition that was legally possessed by an individual prior to the enactment of this act must be sold or otherwise lawfully disposed of within one year of the act’s effective date. Such large capacity feeding devices may only be sold or disposed of to a purchaser authorized to possess such weapons.
Got that? In other words, all of these:
Will be illegal for me to possess within one year of the enactment of this law. Even though for the past eight years I have paid an inflated value for "pre-ban" (read: old and busted) magazines, with one proposal Governor Deval would take them all away from me, with no compensation other than an "up yours, pal". You see, these magazines have little worth outside of Massachusetts. No one's going to give me the $30 the gun store charges for a pre-ban AR magazine when they can buy a new P-mag for $15.
I calculated last night that I have in excess of $3,000 worth of pre-ban magazines.
All of that, rendered worthless - stolen from me at the point of a gun - because our governor wants to "me too" New York. In a state with some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, they're going to strip me of items I have legally obtained - all the while, they are completely unable to control from driving under the influence of alcohol for the fifth or sixth time. But it's okay, you see - if I load more than 7 rounds into my ten-round magazine, I can go to jail for up to 10 years. Which, of course, is longer than most are sentenced for rape or manslaughter.
Makes perfect sense, right? I mean, Forcible rape or killing someone through your own negligence is much better than loading eight rounds into a magazine, right? That's what they're saying with this legislation. If you drive while intoxicated in Massachusetts for a fourth offense you can be punished by jail time of up to five years - half as long as that eighth round.
I can only assume that the punishment for owning a new 30 round magazine is summary execution.
So, yes. The state of Massachusetts, not content to force her residents to pay several hundred dollars to exercise their constitutionally enumerated right to keep and bear arms, is poised to make life even more onerous for law-abiding gun owners. In order to comply with these new regulations, I will lose multiple thousands of dollars of gear, gear that I was forced to pay extra for because of the machinations of the state in the first place.
New Hampshire looks more and more desirable by the second...
That is all.