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*** Call for Action- MASS Residents ***

Longmeadow Citizens for Liberty urge you to contact your state legislator and delete hummingbird-1416917181PH6ask him/her to support HR 2158.  “An act related to constitutional rights”. This law if passed would create one set of state laws to be followed as relates to firearms regulations. Right now citizens could have firearm laws from 296 towns and 55 cities to follow. Imagine trying to follow different traffic laws for 351 different communities???

This legislation creates a new section of law that provides a presumption that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual civil right. For many years the courts and law enforcement entities have been confused due to the state’s poorly written laws. With a clearly defined presumption of rights, lawful citizens will be saved unnecessary harassment. Likewise the courts and law enforcement will no longer waste time and resources on lawful citizens simply exercising their civil rights.

It also provides protections against other government entities in the state from passing laws and regulations restricting that right. This will avoid a potential patchwork of laws across the Commonwealth that causes confusion.

Click here for information on the proposed law

PLEASE Act….

  1. Write
  2. Call
  3. Follow up
  4. Share with friends whether they are firearms owners or not

Click here for info on how to write to your legislator

Let’s have one set of gun laws for the state, and stop local harassment of lawful responsible firearms owners.

One set of Law for the WHOLE STATE!

One set of Law for the WHOLE STATE!

 

 

 

Our Meeting Rooms are secured

Our meeting space is secured. SEE YOU MONDAY – SAME TIME, SAME PLACE
Walt Lamon

IT’S ABOUT CONTROL – NOT GUNS

By Walt Lamon

On May 10th we citizens of Longmeadow will vote on three firearms petitions. The actions proposed do absolutely nothing to promote firearm safety. They divide the law abiding citizens of Longmeadow into two camps. We do not have violent gun crime in Longmeadow. We have not, for as long as any one of us has been alive.

Alex Grant wants to change that. He submitted three petitions to change the town laws about his neighbors’ right for the legal ownership of firearms.

His petitions are aimed to:

  1. Eliminate locations where citizens can protect themselves (29).
  2. Begin town registration of already registered firearms (30).
  3. Confiscate firearms legally owned by our neighbors (31).

Article 29. In Longmeadow gun crime is zero, on or off town property. I suppose we could increase gun crime in town if we criminalize gun ownership. His first petition would drastically limit where we can legally protect ourselves and families. It seems that Alex is inflexible about home defense. He writes: “Gun owners may make the individual choice to possess guns in the event they want to use them to defend their homes. But as taxpayers who own and maintain town buildings and town property, it is our collective choice on how to secure these places.”  Your Second Amendment Right to personal protection does not end at your front door.

Article 30. It is redundant, expensive and unnecessary to register guns with the Longmeadow Police. Our guns are already registered with the State and the records are available to Longmeadow Police. He demeans the Longmeadow Police implying they don’t know how to perform their duties in his statement: “Moreover they will know what kind of arsenal they are facing when they respond to emergency calls.”  That is so insulting that it does not deserve a reply.

Article 31. He wants to confiscate legally owned rifles (so called assault weapons) owned prior to 1994. This is his dog whistle proposal. He demonstrates a complete and utter ignorance of firearms and firearm safety. These semi-auto rifles look different but they work the same. We had no problem in Longmeadow before 1994. No problem in Longmeadow today.

Why would he take this action?  He has written articles and given interviews. He uses examples like the Sandy Hook, and he names victims to advance his position playing to paranoia and misinformation.

He states in his Opinion article Longmeadow News April 7, 2016; “Rather than coming together to reduce gun violence, there has been a surge in applications for gun licenses in the United States, Massachusetts, and in Longmeadow. In fact the number of Licenses to Carry (LTCs) have increased 25% in Longmeadow since Sandy Hook.” He failed to mention that gun licenses increased 22% in Sandy Hook the first year after the shooting. Comparing law abiding citizens to gun violence is like, equating licensed drivers to car thieves.

As a federal prosecutor working for the Department of Justice he should know the FBI statistics in the country, state and town. If he did, he would see that gun violence has gone down between 8% – 13% per year over the 39 months.

In a self-serving comment he stated “When we truly care about keeping a public place safe, guns are in the hands of trained police and military officers and nobody else.” He demonstrated ignorance of our laws, our military and our citizens. He inadvertently disqualified all enlisted service (Military) men and women.  These folks comprise 90% of our Armed Forces. I am a military officer, but my experience and training did not evaporate when I retired. Thank you for your service – now turn in your guns.

Sadly uninformed people like Alex make bad decisions and attempt to impose them on everyone. It is apparent ego is driving those decisions. Don’t let him hold our town hostage.

Alex likes to quote Teddy Roosevelt. Here is a quote “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” Theodore Roosevelt

Why do your neighbors own and carry firearms? Watch the video listed below:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRLNiqOQ14w

THE ARTICLE NUMBERS HAVE CHANGED 29, 30, 31

Well they have done it again. March 1st was the deadline for filing. The select board set the agenda and voted to accept it in March. Now they have changed the numbers. We will have to see the minutes to know how the “private citizen” Alex Grant spoke and voted on the change in articles for the warrant.

** MEETING MOVED ** TO THE LONGMEADOW SENIOR CENTER

attentionThe Monday night meeting has been moved to the Dining Room of the Senior
Center. It is on Greenwood off of Maple.

MAP to Longmeadow Senior Center

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE.

THE TIME REMAINS 7 pm – 9 pm.

See you then

 

 

FIRST MEETING APRIL 11 (411) 7 PM COMMUNITY HOUSE

Hi All,

We will hold our initial meeting  on Monday 4/11, 7 PM. COMMUNITY HOUSE MEETING ROOM

Please plan to attend.

Bring :

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Ideas
  • Questions

We will discuss:

  • Organization
  • Schedule
  • Committee positions
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Tasks
  • Multimedia

SEE YOU THERE – Walt Lamon

Citizen Letter to the Board

A neighbor with an excellent message.
Walt Lamon

March 31, 2016

Town of Longmeadow Select Board
20 Williams Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106

Dear Select Board Members:
I am writing to the board as a concerned citizen who feels her rights are being infringed upon by the latest actions of the board. I hereby write this letter to let you know that Articles 26, 27, 28, and 29 are unnecessary and offensive to one’s rights as protected under both the Massachusetts Constitution and the United States Constitution:
“No country, municipality, township or other community entity within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may enact, pass or enforce any law, ordinance or regulation concerning the lawful ownership, use, possession, transfer, purchase, receipt, or transportation of weapons, antique weapons, ammunition or ammunition components.”
These articles are a form of unlawful harassment to law-abiding citizens and should not even be allowed for a vote.
Article 26 would ban lawful carry of firearms on all town property including sidewalks. This article is unreasonable and excessive; I have not read or heard of any incidents of a License to Carry (LTC) citizen in Longmeadow “flashing” his/her firearm in public places or on the sidewalks; therefore, it is unnecessary to enact this article. It is not something that hits Longmeadow news every day and/or has become a recurring problem.
To obtain an LTC, one has to go to a Massachusetts Gun Safety Class, which teaches gun safety, gun laws, and lawful storage of guns and ammunition. Once you take this class, you have to go to the Police Department and be finger-printed, and your prints are run through a National Database. In addition, you are asked questions about your mental history and stability. A police officer takes your information and reviews your application. If the police chief decides you are not fit for a LTC or to carry a concealed firearm, you will not get one.
Once you have a LTC or a Firearms Identification card and purchase a firearm, it is registered both with the Federal Government and the state of Massachusetts. The police have access to these databases in case they need to know what you own.
It has been shown by FBI data that when legal gun ownership goes up, violent crime actually drops.
I first learned of these articles from a retired Longmeadow Police Officer who found these articles to be ineffective in preventing crime. He was also disturbed by the harassment of legal gun owners if these articles were to pass. I work with a police officer who agrees with the retired police officer. In addition, the number of murders committed with hammer and clubs in the United States outnumbers the murders committed by “assault weapon style rifles.” The gun Laws in Massachusetts are strict and should be enforced to their full power if violated. However, gun owner’s rights should also be respected and are not respected by articles 26, 27, 28, and 29 which are redundant and ineffective.
I will be voting against these articles and any council person in favor of these articles.
Sincerely,

Marlene Minardi

Agawam Revolver Club points to ponder

The Board of The Agawam Revolver Club has published a comprehensive list of talking points along with the petition language. There is a lot of good information contained below. Many thanks to The Agawam Revolver Club Board for their support of these issues that affect us all.

Walt

Longmeadow, MA Proposed New FA’s Laws Article 26 – would ban lawful carry of firearms in all town buildings and recreation areas. Fine $300. 1. Would the ban also apply to all town property? What then is defined as town property? Sidewalks, streets if driving a motor vehicle? If sidewalks and town roads are included then major issues are applicable and possible. 2. There is no exemption/exception for law enforcement whether on duty or off duty. Would it apply to federal, state and local law enforcement if in Longmeadow on business, whether official or personal? 3. How will this law be implemented? Will there will be new Longmeadow PD getting hired? Is the law merely a revenue builder? 4. Will the law result in profiling of all persons by LPD to determine if any person possesses a firearm in those designated restricted areas? Possibility of warrantless searches, stop & frisks resulting. 5. Where will the funding come from to implement this law? 6. Will there be a new Longmeadow law for anyone illegally possessing a firearm without a LTC, which is already a state criminal act? Will Longmeadow now impose a $300 fine on that person? 7. Law is an attempt to place additional burdens on law abiding citizens who have MA LTC’s. 8. Nothing planned to deal with criminals who gravitate to Longmeadow to possibly commit unlawful acts. 9. When seconds count, the police are minutes away. Law is establishing additional gun free zones. 10. Per most recent Supreme Court case – 577 U.S. – (2016) Supreme Court of the United States, Jaime Caetano v. Massachusetts, 3-21-2016 – “A State’s most basic responsibility is to keep its people safe. ….If the fundamental right of self-defense does not protect a law abiding citizen, then the safety of all Americans is left to the mercy of state authorities who may be more concerned about disarming the people than about keeping them safe”. (Applicable to Longmeadow proposed firearms laws.) Article 27 – Require gun registration upon application of LTC and upon renewal as well as certify safe storage of every firearm. Fine of $300.00 per firearm if fail to register and fine of $300.00 for fail to certify re: safe storage. 1. How will this law be implemented and funded? Who will be responsible to gather the information regarding all registered firearms? Law enforcement or a civilian Longmeadow employee? Will the keeper of the records be required to certify that the registration records for every Longmeadow resident will not be shared with anyone outside of law enforcement? If the records would be shared with someone other than law enforcement, will there be a criminal penalty for the keeper of the records? 2. Are the fines another means of getting revenue for Longmeadow? 3. This law is redundant. All law abiding citizens who possess either an LTC or an FID card already have their firearms registered/listed with the state of MA. Longmeadow PD has the capability and resources to retrieve that information when necessary. 4. All law abiding citizens who possess an LTC/FID are already subject to both criminal and administrative penalties for failure to store firearms in a safe manner. 5. Will Longmeadow residents expect to have Longmeadow PD officers do “knock and talks” at their residences to verify the law abiding citizen has the firearm previously registered? Or will LPD commence to swear out search warrants to conduct searches to do same? 6. Where will the funding come from for LPD to implement the above or any other options to enforce this law? 7. Will there be an additional Longmeadow criminal penalty created for those without either an LTC/FID found illegally in possession of firearms in Longmeadow or is this law an attempt to PLACE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON LAW ABIDING CITIZENS? 8. Will Longmeadow residents who are employed in either federal, state or local enforcement agencies, other than Longmeadow PD, be required to register his/her official duty weapons if those duty weapons are brought home on a daily basis? Article 28 – $300.00 fine per day to possess an assault weapon or large capacity feeding device; to be effective 9-1-16; eliminates pre-ban exemption if legally possessed on 9-13-94. 1. This law would make a law abiding citizen of Longmeadow who is already legal both under federal and state law to possess the above described “alleged contraband” in violation and subject to the fines listed.. 2. This law is arbitrary and capricious. 3. What is the Longmeadow definition of an assault weapon? The law refers to the MA definition of an assault weapon. If one is already legal in MA with either of the two items, then why now would there be a need to make either illegal in Longmeadow? 4. Is this law another attempt to place undue burdens on law abiding Longmeadow gun owners? 5. There is no exemption/exception for law enforcement. What if either a federal, state or local law enforcement officer from another jurisdiction but resides in Longmeadow and brings his/her duty service patrol rifle and high capacity magazines home for safe storage or secures in their vehicle in a locked container, are they now in violation of this law? The same would apply for an employee of either a firearms manufacturer, Security Company or licensed firearms dealer. 6. Will Longmeadow PD be conducting roadside vehicle checkpoints for those nonresidents of Longmeadow who may be driving thru the town and may be in possession of lawful items per state law? 7. Will Longmeadow PD conduct “Knock and talks” at the homes of law abiding citizens to determine if the citizens still possess the alleged “assault weapons” per the MA State database/registry? How will LPD determine if any law abiding Longmeadow firearms owner is in possession of large capacity feeding devices in violation of this article? 8. Will there be a massive hiring of LPD officers to deal with this law? 9. How will this law be funded and implemented? 10. There is no provision for law abiding Longmeadow citizens, who are presently authorized and legal to possess per state law, to dispose of either article if this law would be approved. Should not the Town, if the law would be approved, provide funding to purchase the items at fair MA state market value because any firearm that one possesses prior to 9-13-94 has a HIGHER VALUE WITHIN STATE than other firearms? 11. All law abiding Longmeadow citizens who possess the items listed above consider them paramount for self-defense. Per most recent Supreme Court case decided on March 21, 2016 – 577U.S. – (2016) Jaime Caetano v. Massachusetts, “A State’s most basic responsibility is to keep its people safe. ….If the fundamental right of self-defense does not protect a law abiding citizen, then the safety of all Americans is left to the mercy of state authorities who may be more concerned about disarming the people than about keeping them safe.” Is the intent of this law to keep Longmeadow citizens safe or rather to disarm law abiding citizens? Articles 26 & 28 are placing the citizens of Longmeadow at greater risk post the San Bernardino attacks and other nationwide Active Shooter events. Has the Town considered additional funding for Longmeadow PD to receive additional Active Shooter training (more than 1 day a year and concentration inside a school) as well as additional gear to make them safe to include every officer equipped with a patrol rifle with 3 large capacity feeding devices; patrol rifle equipped with a light; Level IV ballistic plates(to withstand a rifle round of .223/5.56mm, 7.62X39 and ballistic helmet for each officer; halligan tool (forced entry tool) for every LPD vehicle to gain access to an ongoing and active shooting area, to include other than a school. The Chief of San Bernardino recently stated during the week of March 17, 2016, that his officers were ill-equipped to deal with those shooters as not all his officers were equipped with patrol rifles, L-IV body armor and ballistic helmets. Why are these issues not on the Town agenda? Instead articles are drawn up not to keep Longmeadow residents safe but rather disarm law abiding citizens. All Longmeadow LTC possessors must take a live-fire course in order to have the LTC with NO RESTRICTIONS. That mandate forces a law abiding Longmeadow citizen to expend an additional $300-400 out of pocket to comply with the LPD mandate and make him/her more skillful in gun handling, presentation and safety. Now Longmeadow is attempting to establish new laws that disarm their residents who are legal federally and state to possess firearms. Please note that these three proposed laws discriminate against people who are law abiding citizens because they choose to own firearms. Gun ownership is a right per the 2nd Amendment. The placing of additional burdens on licensed law abiding Longmeadow gun owners will do NOTHING to address crime perpetrated by persons who illegally possess firearms per federal, state and local laws. The author of these three articles should already know the above since he is a federal prosecutor and may have prosecuted individuals for violations of federal firearms laws. These proposed laws will have no effect on crime in Longmeadow and in fact will target Longmeadow residents by those who illegally acquire firearms and chose to carry out crimes and acts of violence in Longmeadow. Please do not accept any of the three articles. AGAWAM REVOLVER CLUB Board of Directors 3-26-2016

Like Minded Neighbors

We are now communicating. That is in large part thanks to computer literate neighbors. Our neighbors in Lexington have passed along their experience and talent. That is why we have Long For Liberty. Barry gave us the tools to begin the website. He is the one who is hosting the site on our behalf.

Henry, our Longmeadow neighbor, has taken over the task managing Long For Liberty site. Now we are talking.

We will have much to do preparing for the Town Annual Meeting. If we work together we will  succeed in protecting our rights, our families and the quiet enjoyment of our homes and hometown.

Walt Lamon