Press Release: Gun Lobby Attacks Grossman, Defends Coakley

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Jon Ostrowsky (617-957-0163), Chandra Allard (617-842-3306)
April 11, 2014


Grossman Asks Jim Wallace And Martha Coakley To Debate One Gun A Month Bill At Press Conference Next Week

BOSTON, MA — In response to an attack by the official Massachusetts state affiliate of the NRA on Treasurer Steve Grossman for his support of common-sense gun safety reforms and a defense of Attorney General Martha Coakley for her unequivocal and long-standing opposition to Governor Patrick’s proposal to limit purchases to one gun a month, Grossman challenged the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) and Coakley to debate the one-gun-a-month proposal at a press conference next week.

GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace defended and praised Coakley, calling her “wary of quick fixes like ‘One Gun’” and slammed Grossman for being “uninformed” about “how gun trafficking occurs.”

In response to GOAL’s invitation, Grossman asked both Wallace and Coakley to participate in a press conference on the State House steps at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

“It’s no surprise the Massachusetts gun lobby is defending and praising Martha Coakley,” said Communications Director Chandra Allard. “Steve believes that one gun a month, or up to 12 guns a year, are enough for any one person in the Commonwealth. Steve looks forward to debating GOAL and the Attorney General so she can explain her long-standing opposition to this common-sense gun safety measure.”

In a blog post on Blue Mass Group earlier this week, Grossman applauded Speaker DeLeo for taking the lead on gun control legislation soon to be proposed in the House. But he also urged lawmakers and the Attorney General to add three additional reforms: limit gun purchases to one a month, require gun manufacturers to use smart gun technology, and create an interstate regional task force to deal with the torrent of illegal guns crossing our borders.

Steve Grossman took office as state treasurer in 2011 after a long career as a small businessman, philanthropist, and progressive political activist. He is running for governor because he believes the people of Massachusetts want proven leadership that leaves no one and no region behind.