- MGL c.140, §§ 121-131P Sale of firearms; includes:
- § 121 Definitions of firearm types, including antique weapons
- § 129C Non-residents carrying firearms: rifle or shotgun
- § 131 Licenses to carry firearms; conditions and restrictions
- § 131F Non-residents: temporary license to carry firearms or ammunition
- § 131G Non-residents carrying firearms: pistol or revolver
- § 131K Firearm safety devices
- § 131L Storage of weapons
- § 131P Firearms safety training
- MGL c.269, § 10 Carrying dangerous weapons; possession of machine gun or sawed-off shotguns; possession of large capacity weapon or large capacity feeding device; punishment, certain knives and blades. Subsection (j) prohibits carrying a weapon on school or university grounds.
- MGL c.269, § 10H Carrying loaded firearm while under influence of liquor, marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants or stimulant substances; punishment
- MGL c.276, § 58A(1) "The commonwealth may move, based on dangerousness, for an order of pretrial detention...[for a person] arrested and charged with a violation of paragraph (a), (c), or (m) of section 10 of chapter 269 [illegal weapons]."
Bump stocks and trigger cranks
- MGL c.140, § 121 Definitions of bump stocks and machine guns
- MGL c.140, § 131(o) Bans bump stocks and trigger cranks
- MGL c.131, § 69 Bows and arrows for hunting
Extreme risk protection orders (ERPO)
- MGL c.140, §§ 131R-131Y, Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO)
Provides a process for family and household members to ask the court to temporarily take weapons from people who pose a risk to themselves or others.
- MGL c.269, § 12 Manufacture and sales of knives, swords, sling shots, etc.
- MGL c.140, § 122C People over 18 can have pepper spray, mace or other "self defense spray" without an FID card
- MGL c.140, § 122D Who may not buy or carry pepper spray
- MGL c.140, § 121 Definitions of stun gun
- MGL c.140, § 131J Stun guns - regulation and access. Law allows, but regulates, stun guns
- MGL c.140, § 131L Storage of stun guns
Toy guns and BB guns
- MGL c.148, § 39 Sale of blank cartridges, toy pistols, fireworks
- MGL c.269, § 12B Air rifles; possession by minors; shooting (including BB guns)
321 CMR 3.01(3) Hunting with bows and arrows
501 CMR 7 Approved weapon rosters
501 CMR 13 Standards for identification cards for retired law enforcement officers
515 CMR 3 Firearms course and instructor certifications and firearms surrender programs
515 CMR 6 Law enforcement officers safety act qualification standards and instructor certification
803 CMR 10 Gun transaction recording
940 CMR 16 Handgun sales
Federal laws and regulations
18 USC §§ 921-931 Firearms
- 18 USC § 922(g)(3) prohibits any person who is an "unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802))" from shipping, transporting, receiving or having firearms or ammunition.
Public Law No: 117-159: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, 117th Congress (2021-2022)
Includes extending background checks for individuals under 21, closure of the "boyfriend loophole", funding for state red flag laws, and clarification on Federal Firearm Identification license requirements.
27 CFR 447-479 Firearms and ammunition
- 27 CFR 478 "Ghost guns" are subject to the same regulations as commercially manufactured firearms. See also DOJ fact sheet.
Other states' laws
State laws and published ordinances-firearms, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
"This publication is designed to help Federal firearms licensees (FFL) comply with Federal and State firearms laws; specifically, with the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA)."
ATF form 4473, Firearms transaction record (form 4473)
Question 11.e says: Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.
Firearms services, Mass. Firearms Records Bureau.
Includes information about firearms licenses, sales, and transfers, appealing a firearms license denial, approved firearms rosters, and firearms laws for the state.
Sample complaint for judicial review of revocation of license, 18 Am. Jur. Pl.& Pr. Forms Municipal Corporations, Counties, Etc. § 46. Available through our Document Delivery Service.
Appeal a firearms license denial
If your firearms license was denied, you can appeal the denial at the District Court or in some cases, you can petition the Firearm Licensing Review Board.
Apply for a firearms license in Massachusetts, Exec. Office of Public Safety and Security.
A firearms license is required to possess (FID) or carry (LTC) firearms in Massachusetts. Form is submitted to your local police department.
Approved weapons rosters, Exec. Office of Public Safety and Security.
Links to both the Approved firearms roster and the Large capacity firearms roster.
Extreme risk guide, Mass. Dept. of Mental Health, 2018.
"This guide provides information on resources that may be helpful to individuals, who are seeking an extreme risk protective order, or who had an extreme risk protective order issued against them."
Federal firearms regulations reference guide, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 2014.
“[C]ontains information that will help you comply with Federal laws and regulations governing the manufacture, importation and distribution of firearms and ammunition.”
Guide to the interstate transportation of firearms, NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
"Many states and localities have laws governing the transportation of firearms. Travelers must be aware of these laws and comply with legal requirements in each jurisdiction. There is no uniform state transportation procedure for firearms." Provides links to state and federal laws.
Gun ownership in Massachusetts, Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Massachusetts residents 15 years and older who want to possess, carry, and transport firearms, ammunition, and feeding devices are required to have a firearms license. Firearms licenses are issued by municipal police departments.
Joint Advisory, MA AGO and EOPSS, July 2022.
A joint advisory from the Massachusetts Attorney General and Executive Office of Public Safety and Security regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen and the affect on Massachusetts’s firearm licensing laws.
Law bars most immigrants from carrying self-defense spray, CommonWealth Magazine, February 2019.
"The penalty is imprisonment for up to two years and a fine of not more than $1,000. The only immigrants exempted from the penalty are green card holders and those who have been victims of domestic violence."
Open letter to all federal firearms licensees, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, September 21, 2011.
"any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition."
Public safety notice: 3D-printed guns, Mass. Attorney General, August 9, 2018.
"The creation, transfer, or possession of a weapon made with a 3D printer can subject an individual to serious criminal or civil liability under Massachusetts law."
Suitability challenged: the judicial creation of suitability standards for firearms licensing, Mass. Bar Association, Lawyers Journal, June 2014.
Discusses the “suitable person” standard for getting a firearms license under MGL c.140, § 131(d), (f).
Transporting firearms and ammunition, TSA.
Explains requirements for transporting firearms on planes.
Complex issues in trying drug and gun cases in federal and state court, Flaschner Judicial Institute, 2011.
Criminal law police manual, Law Enforcement Dimensions, 2021.
Firearms in self defense: the Castle Doctrine, stand your ground and other considerations, NBI, 2015.
Guns, drugs and money, MCLE, 2017.
Handbook of civil procedure in the District Court, 5th ed., Lawyers Weekly, with supplement.
Chapter 23, Firearms Appeals.
Law enforcement guide to firearms law, Glidden Training and Consulting, 2021.
Massachusetts firearm user’s manual 2020: a comprehensive guide to the use, possession and storage of firearms, rifles, shotguns, ammunition and related laws. 2020, William M. Cloran.
Practice in the firearms sessions, MCLE, 2017.
The traveler's gun and knife law book: the essential resource for travelers, hunters and concealed-carry permit holders: Covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Spartan Press, 2012.
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