By The Right Scoop


Andrew Kaczynski dug up this Romney press release today from the Web Archive, showing that he signed off on a permanent Assault Weapons ban in 2004:

In a move that will help keep the streets and neighborhoods of Massachusetts safe, Governor Mitt Romney today signed into law a permanent assault weapons ban that forever makes it harder for criminals to get their hands on these dangerous guns.

“Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” Romney said, at a bill signing ceremony with legislators, sportsmen’s groups and gun safety advocates.  “These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense.  They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Like the federal assault weapons ban, the state ban, put in place in 1998, was scheduled to expire in September.  The new law ensures these deadly weapons, including AK-47s, UZIs and Mac-10 rifles, are permanently prohibited in Massachusetts no matter what happens on the federal level.

“We are pleased to mark an important victory in the fight against crime,” said Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey.  “The most important job of state government is ensuring public safety.  Governor Romney and I are determined to do whatever it takes to stop the flood of dangerous weapons into our cities and towns and to make Massachusetts safer for law-abiding citizens.”

The new law also makes a number of improvements to the current gun licensing system, including:

  • Extending the term of a firearm identification card and a license to carry firearms from four years to six years;
  • Granting a 90-day grace period for holders of firearm identification cards and licenses to carry who have applied for renewal; and
  • Creating a seven-member Firearm License Review Board to review firearm license applications that have been denied.

“This is truly a great day for Massachusetts’ sportsmen and women,” said Senator Stephen M. Brewer.  “These reforms correct some serious mistakes that were made during the gun debate in 1998, when many of our state’s gun owners were stripped of their long-standing rights to own firearms.  I applaud Senate President Travaglini for allowing the Senate to undertake this necessary legislation.”

“I want to congratulate everyone that has worked so hard on this issue,” said Representative George Peterson.  “Because of their dedication, we are here today to sign into law this consensus piece of legislation.  This change will go a long way toward fixing the flaws created by the 1998 law.  Another key piece to this legislation addresses those citizens who have applied for renewals.  If the government does not process their renewal in a timely fashion, those citizens won’t be put at risk because of the 90 day grace period that is being adopted today.”

“Never before has there been such bi-partisan cooperation in the passage of gun safety legislation of this magnitude in this nation,” said John Rosenthal, co-founder and chair of Stop Handgun Violence.  “I applaud the leadership of the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker and entire Legislature for passage of this assault weapons ban renewal.  They have shown that Massachusetts can continue to lead the nation in protecting the public and law enforcement from military style assault weapons.”

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  • Anonymous

    Wow. What a Governor! Think about it. There has been an armed insurrection in Massachusetts in over 200 years!

    I wish we’d had him in CA. Having Romney’s twin, Gerry Brown, really isn’t satisfying enough.

    • Anonymous

      I’m also at the mercy of the ever unpredictable/predictable Gov. Brown…no open carry…just gerry…….the former Jesuit seminary student/Doctor of Jurisprudence and former “fiscal conservative” etc etc etc..

      There is a difference between Mitt and Gerry. Mitt never dated Linda Ronstadt.

      • Anonymous

        lol

      • Anonymous

        OMG, I’m glad I got out before Gov Moonbeam got elected again. I guess people didn’t learn after his first go round. CA is a “may” issue state, aka “not a snowball’s chance in Hades” except in the more conservative counties.

    • Anonymous

      If we had the same chickenshit group we have today in Mass 230 years ago, we may have still been a part of the British realm.

  • Anonymous

    It never ends with this jamoke. *face palm*

  • Anonymous

    Assault weapons are only that if they are automatic. Automatic weapons are already illegal. Just another law to enforce a law that’s already here.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HU45BLBCROTOIVK4Q56XO2N5VU MSGT

      No. You might want to look up Clinton’s ‘assault weapons’ ban

    • Anonymous

      There is no such thing as an “assault” weapon. That’s a phrase coined by the anti gun wackos, kinda like “canned hunting.”

    • KenInMontana

      Okay, actually “assault” weapons are not available to the general public, the rifles available are “sporter” grade replicas of military arms. Assault rifles or weapons are grouped by their caliber, in NATO terms 5.56 x 45mm, the projectile is of the .22 caliber family.

      Assault Weapons are “minor” caliber, Military Grade, select fire weapons. Weapons that fall in to this category are the M-16 and it’s variants, Galil etc in 5.56 NATO, the AK-74 and its variants chambered in 5.45mm.

      Battle Rifles are “major” caliber Military Grade, select fire weapons. Such as the M-14, FN-FAL, G-3, chambered in 7.62 NATO as well as the AK-47 and its variants chambered in 7.62 PACT or COMBLOC (denoting the Warsaw Pact nations).

      Select Fire or Automatic Weapons (Machine Giuns to you civvies) are in fact Legal to own under Federal Law;

      The Fireman Owners’ Protection Act-banned civilian transfer and possession of machine guns not in circulation before May 19, 1986. Through ATF regulation, manufacturers of machine guns may only sell to federal agencies or qualified license holders.

      Acquiring said license is not nearly as hard as one might think. But the weapons are frightfully expensive to buy and feed.

      • Anonymous

        Nice comment, a little off topic, what do you think of the Wylde chambering?

        • KenInMontana

          Haven’t had an opportunity to use one, but it looks interesting.

          • Anonymous

            A friend has a Rock River Arms with that chambering and at 200 yards from a bench rest can clover leaf hand loaded ammo. I was so skeptical until I saw it. I would take one now over any of the other competitors. It doesn’t seem logical to me and I have seen some darn good riflemen at the St. Louis Bench Rest Rifle Club. Thanks for responding, and Montana sounds like a fine state for gun owners, maybe only second to Vermont and Idaho.

  • Anonymous

    But he loves and supports the second amendment right?

    It reminds me of the joke about the woman who comes home and finds her husband in bed with another woman and he denies it is happening by saying to his wife, “Who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes.”

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    SO in other words, now in Massachusetts, the criminals and gang members will have assault weapons and the law abiding citizens will not. Smooth move mittens- you’d hate it in my neck of the woods.

    • Anonymous

      And the hits just keep coming – the law abiding citizens need a permit in MA to carry mace (even the small personal protection size) – I guess mace is considered a deadly weapon in MA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

        how bout a potato gun? is that banned or need a permit.. heh

        • Anonymous

          Shhhhhhhhh …. don’t give ‘em any ideas:)

          • Anonymous

            Spitballs are next on the list. Are we enjoying our little twist on the Orwell’s 1984?

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          Better not, or he’d have a lot of homeschoolers coming with pitchforks and torches! I don’t know a home school family who haven’t built their own, or planned on building the potato cannon!

    • Anonymous

      This is schizophrenia!! I’d be worried if his evil half decided to wake up on the campaign trail. What type of meds does one take to keep it in shut in a bag?

      “With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.”

      - Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Chapter 10

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        I’ve been loving your quotes lately Cindy! Excellent.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you! :)

  • Anonymous

    7,000!

    • K-Bob

      They like you. They really, really like you! /Sally Fields

      • Anonymous

        *tear rolls down cheek*

  • Anonymous

    Mitt Romney in 1994 on Campaign Finance Reform

    Romney-Kennedy Health Care Bill Signing
    http://tinyurl.com/75asvha

    I’d rather have a frontal lobotomy than have Mitt Romney as the nominee…..I’d rather have a bottle in front of me then have Mitt Romney as the nominee….

    “We had rabbits when we needed tigers” -President Reagan

  • http://twitter.com/wbcsaint Sam R

    Real conservative values on display from Mr Romney. Take away law abiding citizen’s right to bare arms, and force them to purchase a product or service just for the fact that they breathe in your state.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKFGTNEKQQCXQZHLQ7EM72Q37E Michael Bittner

      You forgot the /sarc…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKFGTNEKQQCXQZHLQ7EM72Q37E Michael Bittner

      You forgot the /sarc…..

  • Anonymous

    ““We are pleased to mark an important victory in the fight against crime,” said Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. “The most important job of state government is ensuring public safety. Governor Romney and I are determined to do whatever it takes to stop the flood of dangerous weapons into our cities and towns and to make Massachusetts safer for law-abiding citizens.””

    Wrong asswipe. The most important role for state government is to ensure freedom not tell citizens which firearms are preferred. None of these wipes dare clean the streets of potential thugs here illegally via run across the border or overstay their visa. None iof these jokers will keep crimnals in prison, punish them with hard labor or put the violent ones to death but they do manage to allow the killing of the unborn, the coddling of criminals and keepiing the violent ones alive at tax payers expense(you’d think they’d have enough decency to charge the criminal’s family to feed and clothe them).

    • Anonymous

      I’ll keep myself safe, thank you. And if someone makes the mistake of breaking into my house, threatening me or anyone around me, they will suffer lead poisoning and I’ll call 911 to pick up the garbage!

  • Anonymous

    “I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” –Mitt Romney (April 2007)
    “I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.” –Mitt Romney, clarifying things a few days later after his hunting credentials were questioned (April 2007)

    • Anonymous

      “Can I…get me a hunting license here?”

      –John Kerry, during the campaign in Ohio, 2004

      • Anonymous

        I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”
        – John F. Kerry

    • Anonymous

      And what is with Romney and this phrase “if you will”.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

        It is his “let me be clear.”

        • Anonymous

          that too!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQI5D66OXO7X2FE4NVCZC7BAMA Joe

          I lied before – but not this time
          (yet)

          • Anonymous

            “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” (Romney’s campaign later admitted that they didn’t march on the same day, or in the same city)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQI5D66OXO7X2FE4NVCZC7BAMA Joe

        Elitist

      • Anonymous

        “Well, the question is kind of a non sequitur, if you will. And what I mean by that — or a null set.” –after being asked during a Republican debate whether is was a mistake to invade Iraq

        • Anonymous

          I’m sorry I don’t speak Latin.

    • ApplePie101

      We don’t waste shot on small varmints.

    • Anonymous

      In other words, Willard likes to kill things that can’t possibly fight back.

  • Anonymous

    When are people going to wake up and realize that Romney is not anywhere close to being a conservative?! He is barely a republican! At this point Newt could have three wives simultaneously and two concubines, and I would still think he was more conservative than Mittens!

    • CatsAreGods

      I agree, but Newt’s still a flip-flopping amoral SOB.

  • Anonymous

    That alone does it for me. We cannot nominate this guy!

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the most brilliant testimonies to Congress I’ve ever heard. She was instrumental in getting concealed carry in TX. You must watch to the very end–her last statement is dead on and absolutely fantastic!!

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      I’ve watched this many times, and have posted every now and then as a reminder on Facebook. She is a hero in my eyes. I lived in East Texas when that happened, and it was soon after I was introduced to my own .32 as my (ex) husband didn’t want me unprotected.

      • Anonymous

        I have too. In fact, I just pulled it up this past week for my parents. I was actually living in CA when this happened, but had spent much of my life in various places in TX, which is where I am now.When I left in 86, the “unlawful carrying” law was still in effect. She is definitely a hero!! Gov Ann Richards would not pass a concealed carry law to allow Texans to protect themselves. GW took care of that when he took office. Since then, we also have the castle doctrine, and legal carrying in the vehicle without a permit, passed by Rick Perry. (in Louisiana your vehicle is an extension of your domicile, and has been as far back as I can remember)

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          We’ve got the castle doctrine here too in Florida. It only makes sense.

          • Anonymous

            FL was the first I ever heard to call it the castle doctrine and I don’t think “they” call it that here, but I do. It does only make sense. The laws in TX have certainly changed since I left in 86 (came back in 01) Back then you couldn’t use deadly force to protect property other than “real” property, couldn’t shoot someone who was fleeing, etc. Now that’s all different. I can’t imagine killing someone over a hand full of CDs they’re stealing from my car, but it’s legal. Would depend on my mood. ;)

          • Anonymous

            In some states it is called The Duty to Retreat, in Michigan we are allowed to stand our ground with no duty to retreat no matter where we have the legal right to be.

            • K-Bob

              I didn’t know that, and I live there.

              Michigan is a “shall issue” state, also. Do we have a “castle doctrine” too?

              A buddy of mine told me you can travel from MI to FL with your handgun if it’s properly permitted in your home state, and you observe carry and storage rules of the state you’re travelling through.

              I like that.

              • Anonymous

                Give me a few minutes to check for certain, I believe MI. has reciprocal agreements with about 35 states, each honoring each others laws. I think our terminology is Duty to Retreat, Massachusetts requires you to retreat we in MI. do not.

                • KenInMontana

                  Montana is a “Shall Issue”, “No Retreat”, Open Carry and we have the “Castle Doctrine” as well. CCW’s are only required to carry concealed within city limits and you are permitted to carry in State Parks.

                • Anonymous

                  That is my definition of beneficial liberal gun rights.

                • K-Bob

                  Thanks, 4Hoppes2!

              • Anonymous

                Getting back to you on Florida, they do honor the resident permit from MI. If moving to Florida you would have to register but traveling to Florida they honor our laws. By the way if you are stopped in MI. and you are carrying it is the law you must notify the LEO you are carrying immediately upon being stopped.

                • K-Bob

                  Good to know. I read a week or so ago that Ohio is considering changing their “must notify immediately” rule thanks, in part, to the incident involving an abusive LEO threatening to kill a guy.

                  Short version: driver was pulled over mistakenly. When driver attempted to notify, several times, that he was carrying, LEO shouted him down each time telling him to shut up. When weapon was found, LEO threatened to blow driver’s head off for failing to notify. It was all on video. The LEO was just very bad at his job.

              • Anonymous

                That’s the law nationwide. On the rare occasions that I do cross state lines (other than TX/LA since I know the laws of both, I print out the laws of each state I’m passing through, so if I’m stopped I should be good.

            • Anonymous

              It’s the same in TX now, too, thank God!

  • Anonymous

    A cursory check based on information from Legal Heat, an I-Pad application, the state of Massachusetts also does NOT recognize any other state’s firearm laws. Going to Massachusetts, leave your guns behind.

  • Jim Botts

    But Charles Krauthammer and the FOX news special report panel told me that Romney had been fully vetted, was rock solid, and that there would be no surprises….

    • Anonymous

      SURPRISE!!!

      • Anonymous

        Well, I wish for us that these surprises keep on coming. I couldn’t fathom going to the polls not knowing who my candidate really is.
        It is painful to see how similar Romney is to Obama and yet he is by the GOP as the most favorable candidate. Hopefully the tide will turn in favor of Santorum or Gingrich!

        • Anonymous

          Milady Cindy, you can bet that the surprises will keep on coming! I agree with you that Obama and Romney are simular. Both are proven BIG government advocates. SIGH!

  • Anonymous

    …….and still the Republicans are flocking to vote for this mamaluke!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t call him Mamaluke, please. That is the name of the USMC’s officer sword.

      • Anonymous

        I am a Marine Vietnam Vet….and I did not know that. Course I was just a peon.

        It is a name my Italian Grandma often called me and my brother…it means “silly/goofball.”

        • Anonymous

          I was just an E myself, but my best friend, who enlisted with me in 1988 just made Lt. Col. and it is, in fact, the name of the Marine Officers sword. Learn something new everyday.

  • http://twitter.com/CharlieZangelQQ DaMz

    See this is what vetting brings out, TRUTH .

    • Anonymous

      Well, NOT ALWAYS. Unless you dig deep enough to get to the bottom of the ‘story’.

  • http://black-avenger-1.livejournal.com/profile VirusX

    WILLARD is not a Conservative, nor believes in the Constitution. If he becomes president, he’ll place his hand on the Bible and lie, just like Obama did, when he takes the oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

  • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

    So, what does the NRA or GOA think of Romney?

    No one should be surprised by this or anything else that demonstrates how much of a RINO that Romney is. What still is bothersome is why the TEA party thinks this guy will support the very things he has demonstrated to oppose over and over and over again.

    • Anonymous

      I know what the NRA and GOA think of Newt and he had the curtesy of filling out the GOA’s questionaire.

  • Anonymous

    Every gun is an “assault” weapon in the hands of a killer SO is Romney for banning guns? I seriously cannot find one reason to support him. Politicians who ban handguns with fancy names …38 specials, or assault guns, or Saturday night specials, are just cowtowing to the liberal whingers!

  • Anonymous

    You’d think that as much as this clown shoots off his mouth, he’d be all for assault guns…

    • Anonymous

      He keeps shooting himself in the foot, ST! If that fool had an assualt weapon, well………….! From the extreme flip-flops Romney engages in, it is appearent to me that at some time in his life he shot his balls off. Explains a lot, wouldn’t you say?!! lolol !

      • Anonymous

        Brilliant.

        But based on your insinuation, he would have to change his name to Ilene (I lean) because one leg would be shorter than the other.

        And regarding his (ahem) jewels, I think they’re still there. He needs them to lie the way he’s been doing.

        :)

        • Anonymous

          I lean! Love it! If he does have jewels, there is only one or else they are VERY TINY!

          • Anonymous

            Lol… if they’re very thin, then look towards them when he turns sideways. Lol!

            Maybe they just never dropped?

            • Anonymous

              Maybe they’ve never dropped?!!!! LOLOLOL!! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head!

              Kind of sad isn’t it my friend, that in an election as important as this one is, our choices are once again the lesser of two evils instead of a candidate we can get exicted about.
              As I age, my concern for my children and grandchildren and the America they are inheriting grows by leaps and bounds. It seems that after Reagan left office, we have been stuck in the lesser evil mode. Look how damaging that has been to our way of life and the resulting loss of freedom and free choice in our lives. SIGH.

              • Anonymous

                Take heart, if America can survive, in 2016 we have an abundance of great potential candidates: Allen West, Marco Rubio, Jim DeMint, maybe Sarah Palin, etc. The future is looking great in that respect. Now if we can have another Tea Party revolution in the Senate, House, Judiciary and state legislatures, then we just might make it.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.aboutmittromney.com/gun_myths.htm

    Do your homework, people. Two sides to all stories. Confirmation bias. Look it up.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for that link. It didn’t save my vote for him, I wasn’t planning on giving him that anyway, BUT it should be good news for all his followers who are tempted to believe what others say about their man.

      I would agree that he is not too well versed in guns, not recognizing that machine guns were banned since the firearms act of 1934.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I’m just so irritated at TRS for becoming such an anti-Romney site that they have to dredge up old myths from the MSM to bolster their bias. Based on most comments I’ve read on this site lately, you aren’t the only one who won’t be voting for Romney–for whatever reason(s).

        And I agree with you that gun knowledge isn’t his forte. If I have to prioritize my own list for a nominee, that is way down on my personal list. And none of the nominees are well versed in 100% of the issues. But I also understand that everyone has their own list of priorities in what they look for in a nominee.

        • Anonymous

          So true but a deeper sadness is the range of priorities that are tried to be met. Sadness that is, for the process…nothing animate.

        • Anonymous

          Remember that our founding fathers determined that the citizenship’s right to own weapons was number 2, as in 2nd amendment. Maybe it should be higher on your own list?

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps. But my own confirmation bias says that Romney will not try to take away 2nd amendment rights and will, in fact, defend them. Therefore, it’s not a top issue for me in relation specifically to Romney. If there were a candidate actively campaigning on restricting/eliminating 2nd amendment rights, then perhaps I’d worry more about that candidate getting elected.

    • KenInMontana
  • Anonymous

    dear cousins, what public safety are they talking of? it must be their safety from us the public. again, what are the differences between obama and romney?

  • http://twitter.com/Winston80 Winston

    RINO

  • Anonymous

    I am a staunch 2nd amendment believer… and if you read the 2nd amendment in any fashion which allows for the citizenry to hold and use firearms, then you actually have to grant that the entire purpose as well as the text allow for the citizens to use ALL THE SAME WEAPONS as the military does… otherwise the ideal of the people being able to repel and therefore check the government is void.

    However, I believe in very good gun control:

    Squeeze, don’t pull the trigger,
    Keep your groups tight.

    Food, Powder, Brass, Lead. Stock up, people.

    • Anonymous

      I thought gun control was putting the 2nd shot through the hole the first one made! :D

    • Anonymous

      Gun control is hitting what you’re aiming at and using both hands on the firearm.

  • Anonymous

    Romney enacting liberal policy? No way surely you jest……

  • Anonymous

    Why Sarah? Oh why? We so needed a principled conservative. Now we have… this.

  • Anonymous

    Assault rifle describes an intermediately chambered, shoulder fired, select fire, military weapon. Assault weapon is a political term for anything we don’t want you to have. Where is the NRA on MItt, anyway? Or any of the candidates?

  • Anonymous

    So? Romney’s NO conservative! I would expect nothing less. Nothing to see here.

  • Anonymous

    In the article Romney is quoted saying that these weapons can’t be used for self defense.

    Since when can’t you use an ak47 for self defense?

  • Anonymous

    How rampant were gun fights with assault weapons in Mass then?? What reason did they have to ban these weapons other than they didn’t want the people to have them?

    On the other hand….The constitution restricts the federal government and where it specifiy’s, the states. So the 2d Amendment restricts the federal gov’ts ability to write gun laws restricting the right to “keep and bear arms”, not the states ability to do so. Unless that states own constitution specifically has written into it the same 2d Amendment rights. What does the state constitution of Mass say about owning guns? If nothing then they were within their rights to ban those weapons. That being said I don’t agree with it. Same as Romneycare.

    • KenInMontana

      From the Massachusetts Constitution;
      “Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.”

      http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/Constitution

      Be warned, their State (Commonwealth I guess is correct) Constitution is one of the most amended ones I have ever read, although I saw no links or references to amendments regarding this article.

      • Anonymous

        And there you have it.

        Although I bet the left in Mass used the portion of the Article that states “the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.” to say that “military power” includes the weapons owned by the people.

  • Anonymous

    If you want a good laugh, see today’s Feb.6th The American Spectator website story by William Tucker entitled “Can Romney be the next Reagan”, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!

  • http://media.nola.com/tpphotos/photo/9346409-standard.jpg bondmen

    Mittens, Santorum and Gingrich all have problems with Americans exercising a full and complete Second Amendment based on their past actions and positions. Only Ron Paul would keep his hands off our cherished Bill of Rights and fully uphold our United States Constitution.