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Posted: 3/16/2005 3:11:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2005 3:14:38 AM EST by Blue_Monkey]

A new pistol with the street tag ``cop killer'' and the ``Rolls Royce'' of sniper rifles - allegedly capable of shooting a commercial airliner out of the sky - top a hit list of fearsome firepower authorities want banned in the Bay State.

Following the lead of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety, will today file legislation seeking to make it illegal in Massachusetts to own a 28mm FN Herstal Five-seveN handcannon or a .50-caliber Barrett assault rifle, whose rounds are nearly three times longer than the .223-caliber bullets used in the 2002 D.C. sniper murder spree.

Fearful the high-powered guns will reach the hands of gangbangers or be used by terrorists to target jets and LNG tankers, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said, ``The weapons we seek to ban are cop-killers. They're extraordinarily powerful, brutal weapons that have no place in our society.''

To date, Boston police have not crossed paths with either the body armor-piercing Five-seveN or the Barrett, which was developed for the military but is now sold to civilians on the Internet.

The 20-round Five-seveN, which came out last year, cannot yet be lawfully purchased here only because its Belgium-based manufacturer hasn't gotten around to applying for performance-standard certification in Massachusetts.

Nancy Robinson of the Massachusetts Million Mom March said Congress needs to get tough on the weapons, too.

``Our federal lawmakers have the wrong priorities,'' Robinson said. ``They're more concerned what damage steroids will do to the game of baseball than these guns will do in the hands of terrorists and criminals.''

A Bill was filed today to ban the rifles that fire the larger cartridge in Massachusetts.(Staff Photo by Jon Hill)

Are all politicians in this state complete idiots?
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 3:12:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 3:20:02 AM EST
Hey, why not. They've banned everything else. MA is turning into an East Coast California. I'm glad I left.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 3:21:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By Blue_Monkey:

Are all politicians in this state complete idiots?

Link Posted: 3/16/2005 5:07:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/16/2005 5:08:59 AM EST by LoginName]
I caught a brief segment on the local news about it. When they were mentioning the .50 BMG, they cut to a photo of a 25mm XM-109

The Globe article isn't much better.


Mass. bill would ban 'cop killer' guns, rifles

So-called cop killer handguns and .50-caliber rifles would be included in the Massachusetts assault weapons ban under legislation filed yesterday by state Senator Jarrett T. Barrios, cochairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Barrios gathered with gun control advocates at Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office to announce the legislation targeting a new class of high-powered weapons that they say pose a serious threat to police officers and to planes during takeoff. The bill targets the Five-seveN handgun and the .50 caliber sniper rifle, which they say can be easily bought over the Internet and are banned in California.

''Police put their lives on the line every day to keep our streets safe, and they deserve the best protection we can give them," Barrios said. ''They are our first responders. They need to be safe."

Known on the street as the cop killer, the Five-seveN is easily concealable and is designed to shoot ammunition that can pierce 48 layers of Kevlar, the material in bulletproof vests.

The .50-caliber rifle can accurately shoot a target up to 2,000 yards away and can potentially shoot down commercial airplanes during takeoff, supporters of the bill said. The rifle is not covered by the state assault weapons ban.

Gun dealers and collectors have disputed assertions that the .50-caliber rifles are a threat to public safety, pointing out that they cost more than $6,000, are very heavy, and are hard to use for rapid-fire shooting.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 5:10:46 AM EST
Yes the politicians in this state are that stupid. Actually I'm surprised it wasn't Skerry or Kennedy trying that one.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 5:10:50 AM EST
You know that's in violation of the constution... If we play our cards correctly we can get them impeached.
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 5:22:37 AM EST
Street Tags
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 5:31:43 AM EST
Has an FN 5.7 or .50bmg ever killed a cop or American citizen? Why would they call them cop killers if they haven't killed cops?
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 6:53:32 AM EST
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