One resident of Massachusetts apparently doesn’t think the state’s already stringent gun-control laws go far enough. Alex Grant, a member of the Longmeadow Select Board—the chief executive body of the town—has proposed three new bylaws:
A ban on “assault weapons” with a $300-per-day fine imposed on any resident who owns one;
Registration for every gun owned by residents;
And a $300 fine for anyone who possesses a gun on town-owned buildings or on recreation property.
In order to have his proposal bypass Select Board approval and go straight onto the docket for town meeting consideration, Grant tellingly submitted his petitions as a town resident rather than as a board member. “I’m looking forward to a nice debate on these issues,” he said.
Rest assured, the town’s law-abiding gun owners will be more than happy to engage in his debate and provide a dissenting opinion or two.