LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Longmeadow residents vote Tuesday night on a proposed bylaw that would impose tougher gun restrictions on legal gun owners in town.
Voters will either adopt or reject a citizen’s petition written by Board of Selectmen member Alex Grant aimed at adding new restrictions to gun-ownership in town.
Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News, “Any bylaw that is proposed, whether it’s proposed by the select board on the warrant or by citizen’s petition, is submitted to the attorney general of the commonwealth for review and approval.”
3 proposed bylaws are on the ballot:
- The first aims to impose a $300 fine on anyone who carries a firearm on town property. That could even include walking on a sidewalk. The grey area starts when you apply it to the streets, where someone might be driving with their gun to the shooting range. That will be addressed at Tuesday’s meeting.
- The second bylaw requires residents to describe all their firearms in writing when they renew their gun license or apply for an FID card.
- The third says anyone who owns an assault rifle would be fined $300 each day the weapon is in town.
“I think restricting gun access as much as possible is the right way to go,” said Longmeadow resident Harold Resnic.
“I think it’s tying the hands of law enforcement and not keeping the guns out of the hands of the people who shouldn’t have guns,” says Rachel Combe of Longmeadow.
The vote will be taken by a show of hands at the Annual Town Meeting. As a reminder, no bags or guns are allowed at Tuesday’s meeting, and only registered voters can attend.