On more than one occasion the Bay State has appeared within the pages of Bearing Arms, and honestly, they deserve it. The state that was born from “extreme tolerance”, that of hanging those who were different and thus labeled “witches”, still has a wisp of that mentality. When it comes to the fundamental right to keep and bear arms, Massachusetts does everything in their power to keep people from exercising that right. Afterall, wouldn’t a government that was complicit in executing their adversaries want an unarmed populace? But what of NYSRPA v. Bruen? Apparently the most dangerous state in New England intends on making zero changes until forced to. Our friends over at Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) has the scoop.
Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL) has received numerous inquiries concerning the state of Massachusetts gun laws following the historic civil rights ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The case, New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, ruled against state and local governments requiring a reason or special purpose for lawful citizens to exercise their Second Amendment Civil Rights. The court cited the Fourteenth Amendment in making it clear that so-called, may issue, suitability, and special requirements are unacceptable.
Many of the questions GOAL has been getting circle around whether the specific laws in the Commonwealth that are in obvious violation of this ruling are still going to be enforced. Well, it appears we have our answer to that question.
In spite of this landmark civil rights ruling, both Governor Baker and Attorney General Healey have declared that the State laws in place prior to the SCOTUS ruling will continue to be enforced.
That’s right, anti-civil rights Healey, the Attorney General who arbitrarily via her own pen, abolished the sale of the AR-15 in Massachusetts, and RINO Charlie Baker, who had what I’d consider a less than satisfactory response to the pandemic coming from a so-called Republican, are going to allow for unconstitutional laws to stand. Even in la República de Nueva Jersey, where I hail from, the swamp creatures did concede some defeat in the administrative removal of “justifiable need” in order for the normal peasants to get a CCW. Not from the land of where the shot heard around the world was fired.
GOAL is working to circle the wagons for their members and gun owners at large.
In order to determine the safest course of action for our members, and for GOAL, we have been working with other advocacy groups and attorneys in the Commonwealth to figure out what this ruling means for Massachusetts. Even though the ruling seems clear in its intent, the effects on the Commonwealth’s licensing scheme and on current license holders are not-especially given the statements by our Governor and Attorney General on the matter. Therefore, before we can offer any information to our members on what the ruling does, we need to make sure to do our due diligence and ensure that anything we release to our members is accurate and legal. In the meantime, thank you to all of our members for your continued support and patience allowing GOAL to do what we do best.
What are the citizens of Massachusetts up against? Here are the comments from the two swamp creatures in question:
“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud of the Commonwealth’s nation-leading gun laws and history of enacting bipartisan gun reform legislation. The Court’s ruling on New York’s licensing law has no immediate effect on the Commonwealth’s gun laws, which all remain in place,” – RINO Governor Charlie Baker
“In a country flooded with firearms, today’s reckless and anti-democratic decision poses a grave danger to Americans as they go about their daily lives in public spaces like supermarkets, hospitals, and playgrounds. Gun violence is a public health epidemic, and I remain committed to doing everything I can to keep our residents and our communities safe. Massachusetts has one of the lowest gun death rates in the country because we know that strong gun laws save lives. I stand by our commonsense gun laws and will continue to vigorously defend and enforce them.” – Attorney General Maura Healey
Baker’s true colors are shining through. He’s a self-imposed lame duck politician by not running for reelection. The favored Republican that’s running to take his spot, Geoff Diehl, on paper and mostly in his votes, is considered a gun rights supporter. He has done interviews stating his support, but in my opinion has a questionable history due to his vote in the MA legislature outlawing “bump stocks”. All of his other votes do seem to be aligned with 2A support though. A sidebar, on March 19th I did reach out to Diehl’s office for an interview request, which went unanswered (I did interview all 4 GOP candidates for Governor in NJ’s last election on Second Amendment issues). Diehl needs to answer for that bump stock vote in my opinion.
The Democratic frontrunner for the election of the next Governor is none other than Healey herself. No further comments needed and suffice it to say Diehl is a no-brainer on who to vote for in the election. The NRA has given Diehl an A rating in past election cycles.
Massachusetts has their work cut out for them when it comes to their upcoming gubernatorial election and in battling established and future unconstitutional laws. The climate is so awful up there that the current Republican Governor is so hubris to say that the NYSRPA opinion “has no immediate effect on the Commonwealth’s gun laws”, which just means he’s complicit in allowing unconstitutional law to be enforced. Nevermind Healey’s word salad talking about an “anti-democratic decision” in the Republic, and conflating so-called gun violence with law abiding citizens exercising their rights.
Much like California, Massaschustts is going into a post NYSRPA world kicking and screaming. Cam best put it the other day on his show. These progressive leftists are going between disbelief and anger through their grieving process. The ignoring of the ruling in some areas, doxing of gun owners in others, and lashing out against the law abiding via more laws being passed in NY, NJ, & CA, and more to come I’m sure, are all part of their inability to cope with their loss. The death of their only ace in the hole to keep citizens disarmed (under their own control) will be mourned for decades to come. The “need” standards in the final “may-issue” states was their baby, and it’s gone. It’s time for the progressives to have their memorial, bury the corpse of liberty squishing policy, and move on. We’ll hold vigil with them annually on Thomas’s birthday, but really to celebrate our liberation from their tyranny.
Thankfully we have groups like New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the National Rifle Association, The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners Action League, Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Firearms Policy Coalition, etc. etc. etc. to smack these tyrants on the nose, or when needed, completely subdue them.