Wednesday, January 6, 2016

American Freedom... Professor Rotberg Wants To End It Where It All Began

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The "Shot Heard 'Round The World" was fired at Lexington Green, as the British marched to Concord, Massachusetts.  The reason for the journey of Red Coats across the Massachusetts landscape was to seize the armory in Concord, to capture the largest colonial stash of ammunition and firearms.  In other words, the final straw that led the Americans to revolution was when the British came to take their guns. ~ Source: Obama's Gun Control @ Political Pistachio
The Following by
Al Gentile

Robert Rotberg pushes for ban on assault weapons in hometown of Lexington

Town Meeting member Robert Rotberg wants to change national gun laws, so he is starting with a push to alter Lexington's bylaws.
Rotberg is proposing an amendment to Chapter 97 of the Code of Lexington, titled “Code of Conduct,” to ban the ownership of semi-automatic or fully automatic weapons able to hold ammunition clips containing more than 10 rounds. He submitted a citizen petition for the annual Town Meeting warrant, so Town Meeting members will have a chance to decide whether to support his proposed changes in March.
“This is Lexington taking a stand,” Rotberg said. “I hope that with Lexington approving something like this at Town Meeting, other towns will copy and emulate us and we can spread this movement around the state.”
A resident needs the Town Clerk to certify the signatures of 10 registered voters to place a citizens’ petition on an annual Town Meeting warrant, according to state law.
Rotberg said the proposal does not oppose the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
“It doesn’t restrict anything except the most murderous types of weapons,” said Rotberg, who added he has garnered support from other residents. “They wouldn’t be able to purchase or possess heavy-duty assault weapons in the town of Lexington.”
Rotberg said the proposal is modeled after a 2013 ordinance passed in Highland Park, Illinois, which banned assault weapons and large capacity weapons. On Dec. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of the case in which a resident sued the city for instituting the ban. Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project, responded to the decision by stating, "We are pleased that the Supreme Court will not disturb the ruling that the Constitution allows for common sense public safety laws, and does not entitle people to military-style weapons of war. Like any right, the Second Amendment is necessarily limited by the public’s right to live -- a right not to be shot.”
The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence is named for James Brady, press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, who was seriously injured in the 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan and died in 2014. It lists as its mission "to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries."
Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented from the decision not to hear the case, with Thomas writing that the court had previously ruled, “that the Second Amendment protects a personal right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes, most notably for self-defense within the home," and that, "If a broad ban on firearms can be upheld based on conjecture that the public might feel safer (while being no safer at all), then the Second Amendment guarantees nothing."
Rotberg said the proposal to change Lexington's bylaws comes as close to the Highland Park ordinance as possible.
If passed by Town Meeting, then the Attorney General's Office staff will review the bylaws, as it does with all potential bylaws, to determine if they comply with the state constitution.

Lexington gun licenses

As of Dec. 2, there were 165 people with active Firearms Identification Cards (FIDs) in Lexington. FID cards, which are valid for six years, allow the holder to possess a non-large capacity firearm, rifle or shotgun, according to Lexington Police Capt. Michael McLean.

There were 717 residents with one of the two licenses to carry (LTC), which are valid for six years, as of the same date, McLean said. Of those, there are 697 Class A licenses, which allow for the possession and transport of large-capacity firearms, shotguns and rifles and semiautomatic and automatic weapons. A Class B license allows for the possession and transport of non-large-capacity firearms.

Licenses to carry can only be issued to people 21 and older. FID cards can be issued to residents who are 15 years old or older.

There are four residents with a license to possess a machine gun, which by Massachusetts law can only be issued to firearms instructors for the purpose of training police or a collector of firearms, McLean said.

Michaela Dunne, a manager at the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, said military personnel in Massachusetts do not need to have a license to carry a firearm while on duty, so any license held by a service-member is for private use.

Dunne would not immediately release the number or types of weapons registered in Massachusetts.

Rotberg said he hopes pushing for the amendment will not only limit the types of firearms in Lexington but spread to other communities in Massachusetts.

“Now it will go before Town Meeting in March or April, and at that point, the hope is we’ll get lots of interest in Concord, Bedford, Acton and so on,” Rotberg said.

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The Attorney General's Office staff reviews all potential bylaws, once approved by Town Meeting in order to determine if they comply with the state constitution
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