Massachusetts Gun Control Laws
Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation -- and according to studies also has the third-lowest rate of gun-related deaths in the country.
There are extensive permit and registration requirements to own a firearm in Massachusetts. It is a "may issue" state for concealed carry purposes. The issuing authority is the local police chief for most jurisdictions. There are several different types of concealed carry licenses.
Massachusetts state lawmakers introduced a comprehensive gun-control bill in 2014, largely based on recommendations of a 23-page report he commissioned by the Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence. The legislation is a 50-section bill which touches on everything from limiting who can legally obtain a firearms ID card to gun trafficking, mental health data sharing and gun trafficking.
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|Code Section||Ch. 269 §§10, et seq.; Ch. 140 §§121, et seq.|
|Illegal Arms||Machine guns or sawed-off shotgun, etc. legal in appropriate circumstances (i.e., place of business, home, etc.-with license); those with serial or ID number removed or altered; silencer|
|Who May Not Own||1. Alien; 2. Convicted felon; 3. Convicted of unlawful use, possession, or sale of drugs or habitual drunkenness; 4. Under 18 yrs. (15-18 with parents' permission); 5. Confined in mental hospital or institution for mental illness; 6. Currently under order to surrender firearms license or ID card|
|Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds||Misdemeanor. 269,10(j)|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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