The Mass. legislature has been debating a tough gun bill for a long time. Speaker Robert DeLeo and many others are very happy with the gun bill the House passed, as is the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL).
GOAL feels they have taken the harsh teeth out of the bill and protected gun owners' rights.
In a statement, GOAL said the burden for license denials will rest squarely on the chiefs. Reasons must be clearly defined and in writing and contain credible evidence. Restrictions would also be subject to judicial review and the chief would have to provide evidence for any restrictions. The law was also clarified regarding the training of junior shooters and private transfers were reinstated, among many other items in the bill.
There is no listing of your guns when you apply for a license. When you do apply you will be issued a receipt that will make your license valid for all lawful purposes while you are waiting for your new license.
The bill now moves to the Senate. GOAL will be setting up meetings with Senators in an effort to further clean up the legislation.
In its statement, GOAL said: "Members should be very proud of the difference we have made in this fight. Our work over the years have made a remarkable difference in our ability to fight off many gun control measures. Now, we need to stay focused on the challenges still ahead because this fight is not over."
A talk on black bears and how to live with them will be held at the Leominster City Hall, 25 Water St., on July 23 at 7 p.m. The reason, of course, is the overwhelming number of bear sightings around this region. Many bears have been seen in yards and streets with people scared out of their bonnets. The speakers will be from Mass Fish and Wildlife and they will also answer your questions.
Speaking of bears, Maine is also having a bear explosion with the state population now at 30,000 and growing. Hunters took home 2,845 animals last season, far below what biologists want to sustain a healthy population. Bear biologists in Maine are looking for a harvest of nearly 5,000 bears per year.
In Maine you are allowed to take bears by bait, stalking, snare, and dogs. There is no lottery so tags are sold over the counter.
Another interesting survey involving Maine bears went into 100 dens this winter and weighed the females and young of the year. They were found to be 30 percent heavier than the year before. One bear was over 500 pounds during her sleep.
Antlerless deer permits will be given out soon in all of our New England states. But you must apply for the lottery to be able to get one. New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts deadlines are this week or next so get on it now...
The herring have been a total bust since 2006, when the state and feds stepped in and said no more fishing for these fish until we can build up the stocks. The Merrimack was all the way down to just 500 herring in their returns and the Mystic River, which had the best run in the state, was down to 25 to 40,000.
Now things have changed. thousands of herring have returned to each river. The Mystic River in Medford had a great year last year with 225,000 returns but this year they counted 330,000.
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