Massachusetts Firearms Laws By Subject

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ReferenceLaw or RegulationNotes
Ammunition; DealerC. 140: Section 122bShould also reference C. 140: S. 123 Conditions of licenses.
Ammunition; DefinitionC. 140: S. 121
Ammunition; NonresidentsC. 140: S. 131F
Ammunition; PossessionC. 269: S. 10 (h)Must refer to definition of “Ammunition” in C. 140, S. 121
Ammunition; PurchaseC.140: S. 131E
Ammunition; Sale to AliensC. 140: S. 130
Ammunition; Storage527 CMR 13.04Covers permits to store large amounts of Ammunition. Permits issued by local Fire Dept.
Ammunition; SurrenderingC. 140: S. 129DCovers Surrender upon loss of license.
Ammunition; Theatrical ExemptionsC. 140: S.131 F1/2“the carrying or possession of a firearm and blank ammunition therefore”
Assault Weapon, DefinitionC. 140: S. 121
Assault Weapon, PossessionC. 140: S. 131MRefers to 1994 ban.
BB Guns; Minors, sale toC. 269: S. 12ASelling or furnishing air rifle to minor
BB Guns; Minors, possessionC. 269: S. 12B
Black Powder, PossessionC. 140: S. 129C (p)Covers the possession of ammunition for black powder rifles and shotguns.
Black Powder, LoadedC.269: S12D (a)
Body Armor, Use in a crimeC. 269: S. 10D
Carrying on a Public Way, Rifles or ShotgunsC. 269: S. 12D
Castle Doctrine, Defense in one’s dwelling.C. 278: S. 8ACovers protection from prosecution after use of deadly force for self defense in one’s dwelling.
Dealers, LicensedC. 140: S. 122Should also reference C. 140: S. 122A, C. 140: S. 122B, C. 140: S. 123
DefinitionsC. 140: S. 121
Electrical Weapons, PossessionC. 140: S. 131J
Extreme Risk Protection orders, PetitionsC 140: S131Rsee also
FID Cards, Application forC. 140: S. 129B
FID Cards, Replacement of lost or stolen501 CMR 9Covers replacement of lost or stolen FID/LTC
FID Cards, Restrictions & ExemptionsC. 140: S. 129C
FID Cards, RevokedC. 140: S. 129DCovers surrendering procedures.
Firearm, DischargeC. 131: S. 58Covers legal discharge on private property
Firearm, DischargeC. 269: 12ECovers legal discharge on private property
Firearm, (handgun) AlienC. 140: S. 131FAlien permits to possess firearms.
Firearm, (handgun) definitionC. 140: S. 121
Firearm, (handgun) Illegal Multiple SalesC. 269: S. 10E
Firearm, (handgun) non-residentsC. 140: S. 131GCovers participation in shooting events, transportation, and non-resident hunting
Firearm, (handgun) sale ofC. 140: S. 123Statutory version
Firearm, (handgun) sale of940 CMR 16.00Regulatory version
Firearm, (handgun) transportationC. 140: S. 131C (a), (b)
License to Carry (LTC), Application forC. 140: S. 131
License to Carry (LTC), Carrying expiredC. 140: S. 131 (m)Covers non-criminal charges for carrying under an expired license.
License to Carry (LTC), Replacement of lost or stolen501 CMR 9Covers replacement of lost or stolen FID/LTC
License to Carry (LTC), RevokedC. 140: S. 129DCovers surrendering procedures.
Large Capacity, Transportation of Rifle & ShotgunC. 140: S. 131C (c)
Large Capacity Feeding Device, DefinitionC. 140: S. 121
Large Capacity Feeding Device, Illegal TransferC. 269: S. 10F
Large Capacity Feeding Device, License forC. 140: S. 131LTC A
Large Capacity Feeding Device, PossessionC. 140: S. 131MRefers to 1994 ban.
Large Capacity Feeding Device, Purchase ofC. 140: S. 131E (b)Covers need for LTC
Large Capacity Feeding Device, Transportation ofC. 269: S. 10 (m)
Private SalesC. 140: S. 128BCovers non-dealer sales
Prohibited Person, DefinitionC. 140: S. 131 (i)-(x)Who may not be issued an LTC
Safety CoursesC. 140: S. 131P
Schools, Possession withinC. 269: S. 10 (j)
Sound Suppressors / SilencersC. 269: S. 10A
StorageC. 140: S. 131LStorage requirements
Surrendering, Upon RevocationC. 140: S. 129D
Surrendering ProgramC. 140: S. 131O
Buy backs, etc.
Temporary License, Non-ResidentsC. 140: S. 131F
Temporary License, TheatricalC. 140: S. 131F13Ú42
Transportation, Firearms and Large Capacity Rifles & ShotgunsC. 140: S. 131C