Magazine article The New American

Massachusetts Upholds Trigger-Lock Law

Magazine article The New American

Massachusetts Upholds Trigger-Lock Law

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On March 11, the Boston Globe reported that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) upheld "a state law requiring trigger locks on guns kept in people's homes." Gun grabbers such as the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the local District Attorney's office rejoiced at the decision. The Court held that the Second Amendment does not restrict the right of Massachusetts to impose its own rules on gun ownership. The unanimous decision held, "We conclude that the legal obligation safely to secure firearms in [state law] is not unconstitutional."

In a similar ruling, the SJC upheld the conviction of a man who had argued that the Second Amendment guarantee to bear arms trumped state law that makes it a crime for an unlicensed person to possess a handgun in Massachusetts. SJC Justice Ralph Gants wrote that the 1875 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Cruikshank still remains in force and gives states the authority to chart their own courses when it comes to regulating firearms and ammunition. "Under Cruikshank, the Second Amendment imposes no limitations on the ability of the Massachusetts Legislature to regulate the possession of firearms and ammunition. …

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