Thursday, February 11, 2010
In Massachusetts, more than a dozen but less than twenty firearms are considered an arsenal and may get you arrested and held for “evaluation,” especially if you mistrust and fear the government.
|In Massachusetts, having one of these will get you arrested.|
“A Massachusetts man is under arrest for the stash of guns police found in his possession,” reports MSNBC, WHDH-TV, and the Associated Press. “Authorities took Gregory Girard, 45, into custody Wednesday afternoon on weapons charges after apparently finding dozens of guns inside his Manchester-by-the-Sea home.”
According to the report, flares guns, handcuffs, kevlar vests, and helmets are weapons.
Girard’s crime? He feared the government would impose martial law. “He was convinced that martial law was imminent,” said a prosecutor.
Authorities were tipped off by his wife, a Cambridge psychiatrist. She told police she was afraid to go home and plans to file a restraining order. “He made the following statements to her, ‘Don’t talk to people. Shoot them instead. It’s fine to shoot people in the head, because traitors deserve it,’” the prosecutor said. It was not reported in what context the statements were made.
Girard rarely left the house, hoarded food and medication and warned those in adjoining apartments not to be alarmed by noises that sounded like gunfire, according to his neighbors, the report states. He had converted his third-story loft into a firing range, according to police.
In Massachusetts, this enough to get you arrested and held for psychiatric evaluation. Actually threatening and assaulting somebody is not required. All you have to do is have a couple guns, assorted military and police equipment, and talk about martial law.
In April of 2009, Massachusetts passed S18, a martial law bill. It gives the governor the power to authorize the deployment and use of force to distribute supplies and materials and and allows local authorities to enter private residences for investigation and to quarantine individuals.
“Any person who knowingly violates an order of the commissioner or his or her designee, or of a local public health authority or its designee, given to effectuate the purposes of this subsection shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of note more than one thousand dollars, or both,” the legislation states.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm