Not content to let New York take all the "ZOMG WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING FOR TEH CHILDRENZZZZ" glory, Governor Cadillac Deval has filed his own "Seven round magazine" bill.
Prez, Patrick propose tighter gun limits
Twin gun-control proposals from President Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday have gun ownership advocates up in arms and gun-control fans cheering.
Here in Massachusetts, which already has some of the toughest firearms laws in the nation, Patrick called on the Legislature to make court judgments of mental health available in background checks for firearms licenses, institute a one-gun-per-month restriction on buyers and cut the allowable size of a weapon magazine from 10 to seven. While magazines larger than seven rounds would be grandfathered in, legal gun owners would be forbidden to load them with more than seven bullets. Both Patrick and Obama acted in response to last month’s Newtown, Conn., school killings.
So he one-upped Cuomo by adding in the one-gun-a-month law that he's been angling for since 2006 as well as a one-magazine-a-month. Existing ten round magazines will be grandfathered, but we cannot own any new magazines with capacities over 7 rounds. And, much like the stupidity in New York, if we load a ten round magazine with 8 - 10 rounds, we're a criminal.
I'm trying to comprehend on what planet this makes sense, because of COURSE mass murderers will only load their magazines with seven rounds, not ten, Why would you break a law when you're planning on committing mass murder? As far as I can tell, the only effect this is going to have on crime in Massachusetts is to inadvertently make tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding gun owners into criminals.
There's simply no other explanation for it - make existing gun owners into criminals when they forget how many rounds they loaded and that eighth round gets added into the 10/22 magazine. The punishment is insane - a year in jail for a single round, a felony for the second offense? We're letting drunk drivers who cause traffic accidents out on their own recognizance, whereas if I forget how many rounds are in my plinking rifle I could go to ail for a year. Patrick thinks this will really help stop school shootings...
I think it's time to have a long discussion with the boss about heading north.
That is all.
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