Selectman Wants Gun Safety Enforced

Selectman Barry Greenfield would like to give police the authority to inspect gun safety at people's homes.

Selectman Barry Greenfield
Selectman Barry Greenfield
Selectman Barry Greenfield introduced an enforcement discussion Wednesday that he hopes will lead to the safeguarding of guns in town — keeping them out of the hands of children.

In school shootings around the country,  guns have been taken from parents and used by kids, he said.

The selectman said state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable.

The problem, he said, is that police do not have the authority, granted by a local ordinance, to enforce the law and inspect the safeguarding of guns at the homes of the 600 registered gun owners in town.

The selectman said he has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this.

"We need the ability to enforce the state law," the selectman said. 

Another selectman, Glenn Kessler, said he would like to see all the interested parties including the police chief, the town's legal counsel and citizens talk about the issue before selectmen take action.

There are civil liberty matters to consider, he said.

Selectmen took no action but appeared interested in hosting a discussion on a gun inspection proposal.

Editor's Note: Here are links to statements by the Swampscott town administrator and Barry Greenfield.

George Knopp November 12, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Amen Rob!
Mike Jones November 12, 2013 at 06:09 AM
What about potential unlawful gun owners who have unlicensed guns? That would be even more dangerous. What about people who waste energy with substandard insulation? They have a larger carbon footprint. We have already been able to go after households who produce more than 2 barrels of trash a week. Let's get everyone who doesn't live up to our standards.
Mike Jones November 12, 2013 at 06:11 AM
We should have a town law where it is illegal not to own a gun. Then we can make sure that everyone is complying with the Massachusetts gun storage laws without discriminating against unregistered gun owners.
Mike Jones November 12, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Can some reasonable people run for the Board of Selectmen. I'm sick and tired of the board being populated by people who think that they are our betters because they have a bigger trust fund.
Mike Jones November 12, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Chip, I like the allusion to Obama with “If you like your guns, you can keep your guns. Period!” It should be post-scripted with, "If you like your guns, you can keep your guns. Except for ones that actually shoot bullets." "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, except if that doctor didn't contribute to Obama's campaign, or if that doctor owns a gun."
Mike Jones November 12, 2013 at 06:20 AM
So, if I have a indoor marijuana farm in my basement, should I turn in my License To Carry?
Mike Jones November 12, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Do we do a brain inspection before we allow elected Selectmen to take their oath of office?
Don Wood November 12, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Register a hand gun and see how fast the state and local authorities know who you are. Someone will be at your house faster than a group of Jehovah Witness.
Evan November 12, 2013 at 06:34 AM
This is not a liberal, democrat or republican issue, this is an "American" issue. All politicians should be looked at based on deed and philosophy, becoming more controled, regulated, taxed, enslaved and demeaned is not the "American" way. This guy is way off on the "American" ethics and rights we have as he positions himself for further political moves as stated above. Look around, people are selling their houses in droves in Swampscott, the taxes are way beyond foolish and now we have this new proposal that will yes amazingly enough need more resources. When should all concerned about this meet and where? He needs to be told by many and face to face.
Voice of Reason November 12, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Registered gun owners. The only lawful group that it's okay to discriminate against and demand surrender of their other Freedoms. This is not okay!
Stephen Matt Sovis November 12, 2013 at 07:23 AM
bill h November 12, 2013 at 07:32 AM
hmmm....some liberal shill didn't like my post about your left leaning communist in office and it was deleted. Dr. Goebbles would be proud of him for censorship at its best.
Stephen Matt Sovis November 12, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Yeah this page has an agenda. They deleted 2 of my comments... Its perfectly okay. This info has been put in the hands of the Comm2a group of attorneys. Have fun Barry.
Evan November 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Petition signed, it is a start.
Jason Vincent November 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM
That dummy must have slept through his civics class when the teacher covered the US Constitution, eh?
Paul Balich November 12, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Trickle down tyranny. I suppose knowing that the President constantly ignores the Constitution gives selectmen the idea that they can do it too. May I suggest he read the Constitution? Especially the part about unreasonable searches?
Bruce Chesley November 12, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Greenfield is obviously ignorant of the United States Constitution, American and world history. His desire violates the Fourth and Second Amendments. The "law" was subsequently overturned in court. Far more frighteningly is that what he desires repeats what the Nazis demanded of Jews, beginning in 1938. Once the Nazis identified what Jews owned what firearms, the Nazis prosecuted Kristolnacht, confiscated all Jewish owned firearms, murdering same in the process. This begs the obvious question: How long has Mr. Greenfield adopted naziism into his personal, professional and political lives ? I strongly recommend Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, http://www.jpfo.org for more information.
Thomas J Burke November 12, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Let's remember that Vermont is a New England state and the most liberal state in the Union. In Vermont gun ownership is allowed and a license is not required.
Patrick Keogan November 12, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Not only does this Liberal scumbag violate the fourth Amendment with these Bolshevik ideas they infringe on the Second & will only endanger Public Safety officials. Why doesn't he go try to raid houses himself? I dunno if he'll be able to show his face in public after this without being heckled, but I for one will be looking to send him an ear full of my First Amendment. eff this guy straight up & shame on the residents of Swampscott that actually voted for this Communist POS.
Silence DoBad November 12, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Again let us not lose sight of the fact why he is doing this. He is using the Anniversary of the Newtown Shootings as a Platform for increasing his name recognition and disruptive stylings. A disgusting act like this can only be performed by the depraved.
bill h November 12, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Pa is a Northeast state and concealed carry is easy to get in rural counties..for all you liberal bed wetters i own a number of so called ( assualt rifles ) with 20,30,40 rd clips and 75 rd drums with no special papers here in Pa. we also have castle law here..if some POS breaks into your house you shoot him dead with no issues. always remember ( liberalism is a mental disorder ).
Nadja Adolf November 13, 2013 at 06:07 AM
As a native of a non-California western state, I am always amazed at politicians who feel that the purpose of the law is to harass decent citizens while ignoring the actions of those who are actually criminals. I marvel at those who don't see the connection between "strict gun control" and high levels of various crimes, including burglaries. I have to admit, my husband and I watched in amazement when an entire city shut down because of two homicidal sociopaths with a pressure cooker. First, it was horrifying that officials could order people to stay in their houses; more horrifying was the fact that people actually obeyed the order. Yes, the deaths at the marathon were tragic, but the reaction to the tragedy by police and government was way out of proportion for an enormous terror squad of two.
Evan November 13, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Also let's look at the two most recent assaults in the area: Salem State U. Stabbing on the shuttle bus. Danvers MA, teacher stabbed. It is not the tool used in the assault, it is the assailants mental issue. We need to end political crappola and politics period, we need to return to common sense with common law and citizens grand juries. Sunday, May 26, 2013 8:13 PM Subject: Supreme Court Validates People's Rights to Establish Common Law Grand Jury Subject: The Common Law 4th Branch Of Government-Legally Is The Common Law Grand Jury -- Voted 6 to 3 Decision In The U.S. Supreme Court.
Chip Ford November 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM
The Boston Globe / Wed., Nov. 13, 2013 / Gun groups angry over Swampscott official’s idea / Selectman proposed enforcing state lock law / http://tinyurl.com/l22wwpz
Chip Ford November 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Rally for Our Rights / Boston Common / May 17, 1999 / My Speech / http://cltg.org/cltg/goalrally.htm
marph November 17, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Stop talking, start doing. https://www.change.org/petitions/barry-greenfield-resign-from-office-immediately-or-apologize-and-follow-the-constitution#share
Evan November 18, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Fire them all: http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/anti-gun-mayor/
Joe Haynes January 12, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Time for Barry to resign. He is not upholding his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the US.
Gunny G Alz January 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM
WTF is going on in the state of Massholery? How many fascist pukes can you produce? Drunken Teddy, Bonnie Fwank, Hanoi John Fonda Kerry, Fauxahontas, and now this fascist pig? From the very cradle of liberty comes this dreck.
Wind Dummy 25 January 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM
All clowns are welcome under the Missachusrtts "Big Top" at least till some of us find out who's not that funny. Do stand by...This could take awhile.


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