I saw AWA’s post on Massachusetts’ Bruen response bill, HB 4420.
I had to look at the bill itself, because one aspect of it really worries the shit out of me.
Section 122. Registration of firearms; reporting; loss or theft; punishment
(a) All firearms and feeding devices possessed in the commonwealth must be registered in accordance with this section. All firearms and feeding devices purchased, acquired, manufactured, or assembled in the commonwealth shall, at the time of purchase, acquisition, manufacture or assembly be registered unless the firearm is imported by: (i) a new resident moving into the commonwealth who causes the firearm to be serialized and registered within 60 days of arrival; (ii) an heir who is transferred the firearm through the distribution of an estate and causes said firearm to be serialized and registered within 60 days of taking possession; (iii) a licensed dealer, gunsmith, distributor or manufacturer who causes said firearm to be serialized and registered within 10 days of taking possession. Privately made firearms must be registered within 7 days of manufacture or assembly pursuant to section 122A.
(b) The registration of all firearms and feeding devices shall be via a real time electronic system developed and maintained by the department of criminal justice information services and, at a minimum, include the following information: (i) name, address and contact information of registrant; (ii) license or permit type, number, and expiration date for registrant or documentation of exemption pursuant to sections 127 or 127A; (iii) manufacturer, make, model, caliber, and serial number of each firearm or feeding device; (iv) date each firearm or feeding device was acquired; (v) name and address of source from which each firearm or feeding device was obtained, including the name and address of the prior registrant if applicable; and (vi) a statement signed by the registrant under the pains and penalties of perjury that they are properly licensed, permitted or exempted under the laws of the commonwealth and are not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or feeding device. If the firearm or feeding device has been assembled from separate parts, the registrant shall include such information on the registration form and include all applicable serial numbers and manufacturers. If the firearm or feeding device has been manufactured or assembled using additive manufacturing, the registrant shall include such information on the registration form.
(e) The registration requirements of this section shall not apply to firearms or feeding devices: (i) being delivered to law enforcement for the sole purpose of its destruction; (ii) lawfully traveling through the commonwealth via common carrier; (iii) the property of the government of the United States; or (iv) produced by federally licensed manufacturers not for sale in the commonwealth.
Here is the problem:
I live in southeast New Hampshire. The nearest airport that goes anywhere is Boston Logan.
There is an airport in Manchester but the flight are seasonal and limited.
Under safe passage of the FOPA, I should be able to drive to Boston Logan, get on a plane, and fly to a safe state.
I’m not a common carrier, I’m not a new resident, I’m in a gray area that makes it unclear if I have to register my guns to transport them through the state. It doesn’t say I have to but it doesn’t say I’m exempt, it’s a dubious oversight by the drafters if the bill.
Cynical me who doesn’t trust politicians, especially Democrats, suspects this is a feature not a bug, and will be used to prosecute people who are normally covered by safe passage, i.e., since they weren’t specifically exempted, they will be treated as not compliant with the law.
I am eventually going to get my Massachusetts non-resident LTC, but that won’t come in until will after my next flight with guns out of Logan.
I’m going to keep an eye on this bill.
Honestly, I want put next Republican President do use the DOJ to do what the DOJ is supposed to do, and fight these tyrannical bills on behalf of the people.
But I suspect that before that happens, I’ll get a pet unicorn that shits unlimited ammo and pisses vanilla milkshake.