Five members of LWVN April 30 lobbied with the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence at the State House: Bonnie Carter, Lucia Dolan, Andreae Downs, Alice Donisi-Feehan, and Janet Goldenberg (also of the Coalition).
A short pre-meeting with over 100 Coalition members was followed by a literature drop and meetings with legislators’ aides. The aides our group met repeatedly told us that their legislators were going to vote in favor of H3610–an act “temporarily preventing firearm access for extremely dangerous or suicidal individuals” filed by Rep. Marjorie Decker of Cambridge. (Also called an Extreme Risk Protection Order, ERPO or red flag.)
The organization of our morning was so good, we were out again within an hour!
Subsequently, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo held a press conference at Cambridge and Rindge and Latin school on Wednesday, May 2. As reported in the Boston Globe, he stated his support for the bill, saying “This isn’t about politics, it’s not about scoring more points or partisanship. It’s about protecting our students, and it’s about preventing crises.”