While an improvement over prior versions of this bill that would have given essentially unfettered discretion to issuing authorities to deny applicants or renewal applicants, it isn’t difficult to imagine how this provision will be abused if H.4278 becomes law.
In a 112-38 vote along party lines, the Massachusetts state house approved a bill Wednesday, introduced just the night before, expanding regulation of gun ownership.
The legislation, House Bill 4278, is a watered-down version of a more controversial measure brought to the chamber by state House Speaker Bob DeLeo (D-Winthrop) in May. However, it still proposes expanding the state’s ‘may-issue’ concealed carry policy to cover not only the carry of handguns, but also the ownership of handguns, rifles and shotguns.
“It makes our already strong gun laws even stronger here in Massachusetts,” DeLeo said following the passage of the measure late Wednesday night. “But I think it also sends a message throughout every state and most importantly to the folks in Washington, that gun-control measures can earn bipartisan support.”