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Massachusetts Firearms Law Reference


Massachusetts Firearms Laws By Subject
Reference law or Regulation Notes
Ammunition; Dealer C. 140: S. 122B Should also reference C. 140: S. 123 Conditions of licenses.

Ammunition; Definition

C. 140: S. 121  

Ammunition; Nonresidents

C. 140: S. 131F  
Ammunition; Possession C. 269: S. 10 (h) Must refer to definition of “Ammunition” in C. 140, S. 121
Ammunition; Purchase C.140: S. 131E  

Ammunition; Sale to Aliens

C. 140: S. 130  
Ammunition; Storage 527 CMR 13.04 Covers permits to store large amounts of Ammunition. Permits issued by local Fire Dept.

Ammunition; Surrendering

C. 140: S. 129D Covers Surrender upon loss of license.

Ammunition; Theatrical Exemptions

C. 140: S.131 F½ “the carrying or possession of a firearm and blank ammunition therefore”
Assault Weapon, Definition C. 140: S. 121  

Assault Weapon, Possession

C. 140: S. 131M Refers to 1994 ban.
BB Guns; Minors, sale to C. 269: S. 12A Selling or furnishing air rifle to minor

BB Guns; Minors, possession

C. 269: S. 12B  

Black Powder, Possession

C. 140: S. 129C (p) Covers the possession of ammunition for black powder rifles and shotguns.

Black Powder, Loaded

C.269: S12D (a)  
Body Armor, Use in a crime C. 269: S. 10D  
Carrying on a Public Way, Rifles or Shotguns C. 269: S. 12D  
Castle Doctrine, Defense in one's dwelling. C. 278: S. 8A Covers protection from prosecution after use of deadly force for self defense in one's dwelling.

Dealers, Licensed

C. 140: S. 122 Should also reference C. 140: S. 122A, C. 140: S. 122B, C. 140: S. 123
Definitions C. 140: S. 121  

Electrical Weapons, Possession

C. 140: S. 131J  

FID Cards, Application for

C. 140: S. 129B  
FID Cards, Replacement of lost or stolen 501 CMR 9 Covers replacement of lost or stolen FID/LTC

FID Cards, Restrictions & Exemptions

C. 140: S. 129C FA-10 requirement covered in the 3rd paragraph.

FID Cards, Revoked

C. 140: S. 129D Covers surrendering procedures.
Firearm, Discharge C. 131: S. 58 Covers legal discharge on private property
Firearm, Discharge C. 269: 12E Covers legal discharge on private property

Firearm, (handgun) Alien

C. 140: S. 131F Alien permits to possess firearms.

Firearm, (handgun) definition

C. 140: S. 121  

Firearm, (handgun) Illegal Multiple Sales

C. 269: S. 10E  

Firearm, (handgun) non-residents

C. 140: S. 131G Covers participation in shooting events, transportation, and non-resident hunting.
Firearm, (handgun) sale of

C. 140: S. 123

14th - 21st

Statutory version

Firearm, (handgun) sale of

940 CMR 16.00 Regulatory version

Firearm, (handgun) transportation

C. 140: S. 131C (a), (b)  

License to Carry (LTC), Application for

C. 140: S. 131  
License to Carry (LTC), Carrying expired C. 140: S. 131 (m) Covers non-criminal charges for carrying under an expired license.
License to Carry (LTC), Replacement of lost or stolen 501 CMR 9 Covers replacement of lost or stolen FID/LTC

License to Carry (LTC), Revoked

C. 140: S. 129D Covers surrendering procedures.

Large Capacity, Transportation of Rifle & Shotgun

C. 140: S. 131C (c)  

Large Capacity Feeding Device, Definition

C. 140: S. 121  

Large Capacity Feeding Device, Illegal Transfer

C. 269: S. 10F  

Large Capacity Feeding Device, License for

C. 140: S. 131 LTC A & B

Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession

C. 140: S. 131M

C. 269: S. 10 (m)

Refers to 1994 ban.

Large Capacity Feeding Device, Purchase of

C. 140: S. 131E (b) Covers need for LTC

Large Capacity Feeding Device, Transportation  of

C. 269: S. 10 (m)  
Private Sales C. 140: S. 128B Covers non-dealer sales
Safety Courses C. 140: S. 131P  
Schools, Possession within C. 269: S. 10 (j)  
Sound Suppressors / Silencers C. 269: S. 10A  
Storage C. 140: S. 131L Storage requirements
Surrendering, Upon Revocation C. 140: S. 129D  
Surrendering Program C. 140: S. 131O Buy backs, etc.
Temporary License, Non-Residents C. 140: S. 131F  

Temporary License, Theatrical

C. 140: S. 131F½  

Transportation, Firearms and Large Capacity Rifles & Shotguns

C. 140: S. 131C  

 

 

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