Massachusetts House Bill 4102 is still out there, somewhere. The legislation is known as the “gun a month” bill. Less well known: it would require a federally licensed firearms dealer to conduct the private sale/transfer of all firearms. If enacted, the new gun control law would represent the first closure of the “gun show loophole” that has enervated gun control advocates in general, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns in particular. Here’s the crucial bit . . .
SECTION 7. Section 128A of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following 2 sentences:- Any sale or transfer conducted under this section shall comply with section 131E and shall take place at the location of a dealer licensed under section 122, who shall transmit the information required by this section for the purchases and sales by utilizing the electronic verification link established by the executive director of the criminal history systems board. A licensed dealer may charge the seller a fee not to exceed $25 for each sale or transfer electronically submitted on behalf of the seller to the criminal history systems board.
A gun registry by any other name would still smell so sweet. To someone.