HB769 – An Act permitting the purchase and possession of electronic control weapons by abused persons for defensive purposes

MASS GUN RIGHTS and Second Amendment Sisters of Massachusetts support this bill that will empower abused persons to protect themselves and their families.

Amends GL 209A: 3B (Abuse Prevention) to authorize the Court to provide plaintiffs in domestic abuse cases with a Statement of Emergent Need to purchase, rent or lease an electronic weapon under certain circumstances; lists several types of evidence for the Court to consider.

HB769 – Rep. DeCoste, David (R) – An Act permitting the purchase and possession of electronic control weapons by abused persons for defensive purposes

SECTION 1. Section 3B of chapter 209A is amended by inserting following the end of the last paragraph the following paragraphs.

Whenever there is a demonstration of a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of abuse or whenever there is a demonstration under section 3B that a pattern of abuse or a serious incident of abuse has occurred or whenever there is a demonstration that a defendant has a mental condition that increases the likelihood that the defendant will not obey a court order or increases the likelihood that the defendant will not be deterred by the criminal law, the plaintiff may purchase, rent or lease an electronic control weapon for all lawful purposes under the terms of section 313J of chapter 140. Upon the finding of a demonstration provided above, the court shall notify the plaintiff of the right to make a purchase, rent or lease of an electronic control weapon and, whenever the plaintiff may exercise the right to make a purchase, the court shall provide the plaintiff with a Statement of Emergent Need.

In making its determination of whether or not the defendant has a mental condition that increases the likelihood that the defendant will not obey a court order or be deterred by the criminal law, the court may consider the following;

(a) Evidence permitted to be considered by the fact finder in section 23(f) of chapter 233.

(b) Evidence that the defendant has made statements that he has fixated upon the plaintiff, or that the defendant intends to subject the plaintiff to the defendant’s personal control, or that the defendant is controlled by a person, organization or other entity that is in fact unlikely to have the defendant in its control, or that the defendant has delusional ideas based upon religion, governmental entities, mythical characters, or grandiose beings, or that the defendant views the world in an unrealistic way.

(c) Evidence that the defendant has taken action preparatory to exercising control over the plaintiff or preparatory to harming the plaintiff.

(d) The elements of this section need not be presented by expert testimony but may be considered by the court without expert testimony.

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