Massachusetts town tries to slip by a gun ban.Submitted by sawx75 on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 14:25
The Board of Selectmen for the Town of Westford, MA has proposed a bylaw that would ban "assault weapons". I find that highly hypocritical due to the fact that DHS classifies an AR-15 style weapon as a PDW (Personal Defense Weapon), and purchased 7,000 of them last year for that very purpose.
Here is a link to the proposed bylaw, the ban starts on page 14. The wording follows the link.
Whereas, there exists a certain class of firearms that are not useful for purposes of hunting or self- defense, but rather are “military style” weapons designed for offensive use.
Whereas, the military features of such “assault weapons”, which are designed to enhance their capacity to shoot multiple human targets very rapidly, are preferred by criminals and place law enforcement officers at particular risk because of their high fire power.
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Whereas, studies have shown that so-called “assault weapons” account for a larger share of guns used in mass murders of police officers and civilians, as demonstrated by recent horrific events in Connecticut, New York and Colorado.
Whereas, the Town has an interest in controlling crime and protecting its citizens and police force from the threat of harm posed by such dangerous and unusual weapons.
Whereas, a ban on a particular subset of weapons with characteristics that make them capable of firing rapidly, delivering a large number of shots without reloading, and creating a high risk of collateral damage, will further the Town’s interests in controlling crime and protecting its citizens and police force, without impinging upon the right of its residents to bear arms.
§95.4.2 Prohibition of Dangerous and Unusual Weapons
No person shall sell, transfer, or possess any assault weapons, large capacity weapons, machine guns or large capacity feeding devices, regardless of the date of manufacture, within the Town of Westford. The definitions of “assault weapon”, “large capacity weapon”, “machine gun” and of “large capacity feeding device” shall be the same as defined in Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 140, Section 121, as may be amended from time-to-time.
Any person in lawful possession of any firearm prohibited by this bylaw shall have a period of ninety days from the effective date to lawfully remove it from the Town or to surrender possession to the Chief of Police.
The provisions of this Bylaw shall not apply to possession by a law enforcement officer for purposes of law enforcement.
§ 95.4.4. Violations and penalties.
Whoever violates any provision of this bylaw may be penalized by indictment or on complaint brought in the district court. Except as may be otherwise provided by law and as the district court may see fit to impose, the penalty for each violation or offense shall be one hundred dollars for the first offense, two hundred dollars for the second offense, and three hundred dollars for the third and each subsequent offense. Each day or portion thereof shall constitute a separate offense. If more than one, each condition violated shall constitute a separate offense.
Whoever violates any provision of this bylaw may be penalized by a noncriminal disposition process as provided in G.L. c.40, §21D and the Town’s non-criminal disposition by-law. If noncriminal disposition is elected, then any person who violates any provision of this by-law shall be subject to a penalty of one hundred dollars for the first offense, two hundred dollars for the second offense, and three hundred dollars for the third and each subsequent offense.
The Westford Police Department shall have authority to enforce this regulation.
The Town may enforce this regulation or enjoin violations thereof through any lawful process, and the election of one remedy by the Town shall not preclude enforcement through any other lawful means.
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