2017 Massachusetts Legislation

Current Bills Introduced in Massachusetts

A number of gun-related bills have been introduced in the Massachusetts State House. Here you can view summaries of these bills and what we think about them. Click on the tabs to filter them by subject or position.

We are proud to share that Massachusetts recently became the first state since the Las Vegas massacre to ban bump stocks. Thank you to the Massachusetts Legislature and Lt. Gov. Polito for taking quick action. Read more here.

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An Act establishing extreme risk protective orders.

H3081: Establishes a civil procedure for removing guns from people who present high risk or danger to themselves or others. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP. and SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to data collection on multiple gun purchases.

S1292: Requires the collection and reporting of data on multiple gun purchases by the same licensee within 4 month and 12 month windows. Full text.

Position: Support – SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act amending victim compensation statute.

H742: Prohibits the denial of state funds already allocated for victims’ relief to cover the funeral, burial, or cremation costs of homicide victims. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP.
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Evandro Carvalho


An Act relative to universal background checks for private gun sales.

H1283: Closes the background check loophole for private sales. Any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their gun transaction web portal. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to firearms and firearms violence.

S1298: This is an omnibus firearm bill. Closes the background check loophole for private sales: any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their background check system. Also provides funding for police violence prevention programs, requires that smart gun technology be implemented as soon as it becomes available, and introduces a criminal penalty for gun owners who let their firearm licenses expire for more than 90 days. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act to clarify the prosecution of illegal guns.

H1280: Clarifies a criminal punishment for gun dealers who sell guns that are not on the Commonwealth’s list of approved firearms. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to the lawful sale of ammunition.

H2485 / S1321: Allows out-of-state companies to sell ammunition online and ship it into Massachusetts without being licensed under state law. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (Bridgewater), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to weapon regulation. / An Act clarifying firearms oversight.

H1284 / S1326: Removes firearm manufacturing and sales from the Attorney General’s power to regulate commerce. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the definition of assault weapons.

H1285: Repeals the comprehensive definition of banned assault weapons, redefines them by presence of two features. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica)


An Act relative to hearings for firearm identification.

H3254: Requires three public hearings for a gun to be removed from the approved purchase list. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Donald Berthiaume (Spencer)


An Act relative to the sale of firearms.

S1316: Removes copycats and duplicates from the definition of assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi


An Act repealing the ban on modern sporting rifles.

S1325: Legalizes assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act to protect law abiding citizens and strengthen public safety.

S1365: Prohibits the Attorney General from prosecuting assault weapon copycat purchases and sales that took place prior to July 2016. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Bruce Tarr


An Act relative to unloaded rifles or shotguns.

H1287 / S1323: Legalizes open carry of unloaded shotguns or rifles, without a case. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Paul Mark (Peru), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to firearms licensing duration and fees.

H1246: Makes firearms licenses last indefinitely (currently they last six years) and removes the fee to apply. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David DeCoste (Norwell)


An Act relative to fair licensing.

H2507: Removes police discretion in issuing firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren)


An Act relative to previously licensed gun owners.

H2512: Allows for citizens of Massachusetts who had firearm licenses prior to 1998 to automatically have their licenses reinstated as long as they have not committed crimes. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Susannah Whipps (Athol)


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1320: Changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1339: Removes police discretion in issuing non-resident firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”, changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Michael Moore


An Act relative to the lawful sale of handguns.

H1310 / S1322: This is an omnibus bill that greatly loosens restrictions on gun dealers, including repealing the laws that require comprehensive record-keeping of gun sales and reporting of thefts. Also removes the Attorney General’s power to regulate weapons and weapon sales. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to constitutional rights.

H1296: Prevents towns, counties, and municipalities from regulating firearms locally. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. James Miceli (Wilmington)


An Act relative to firearm suppressor safety. / An Act relative to noise reduction devices.  / An Act relative to suppressors. 

H763 / H789 / S1317 / S1340: Lifts the Massachusetts ban on silencers, except in the commission of a crime. H763 text. H789 text. S1317 text. S1340 text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Josh Cutler (Duxbury), Rep. Paul Frost (Auburn), Sen. Donald Humason, Sen. Michael Moore

An Act to clarify the prosecution of illegal guns.

H1280: Clarifies a criminal punishment for gun dealers who sell guns that are not on the Commonwealth’s list of approved firearms. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act to close the assault weapon magazine loophole.

H1281: Adds large capacity feeding devices to the assault weapons ban. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to preventing illegal trafficking of firearms.

S2063: Limits the number of large capacity firearms a person can purchase in a 30 day period. Clarifies that law enforcement may access names and addresses of FID card applicants as needed, although they will not be public record. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act relative to weapon regulation. / An Act clarifying firearms oversight.

H1284 / S1326: Removes firearm manufacturing and sales from the Attorney General’s power to regulate commerce. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the lawful sale of handguns.

H1310 / S1322: This is an omnibus bill that greatly loosens restrictions on gun dealers, including repealing the laws that require comprehensive record-keeping of gun sales and reporting of thefts. Also removes the Attorney General’s power to regulate weapons and weapon sales. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the definition of assault weapons.

H1285: Repeals the comprehensive definition of banned assault weapons, redefines them by presence of two features. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica)


An Act relative to hearings for firearm identification.

H3254: Requires three public hearings for a gun to be removed from the approved purchase list. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Donald Berthiaume (Spencer)


An Act relative to the sale of firearms.

S1316: Removes copycats and duplicates from the definition of assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi


An Act repealing the ban on modern sporting rifles.

S1325: Legalizes assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act to protect law abiding citizens and strengthen public safety.

S1365: Prohibits the Attorney General from prosecuting assault weapon copycat purchases and sales that took place prior to July 2016. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Bruce Tarr

An Act relative to universal background checks for private gun sales.

H1283: Closes the background check loophole for private sales. Any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their gun transaction web portal. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to firearms and firearms violence.

S1298: This is an omnibus firearm bill. Closes the background check loophole for private sales: any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their background check system. Also provides funding for police violence prevention programs, requires that smart gun technology be implemented as soon as it becomes available, and introduces a criminal penalty for gun owners who let their firearm licenses expire for more than 90 days. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem

An Act relative to firearms and firearms violence.

S1298: This is an omnibus firearm bill. Closes the background check loophole for private sales: any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their background check system. Also provides funding for police violence prevention programs, requires that smart gun technology be implemented as soon as it becomes available, and introduces a criminal penalty for gun owners who let their firearm licenses expire for more than 90 days. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act relative to preventing illegal trafficking of firearms.

S2063: Limits the number of large capacity firearms a person can purchase in a 30 day period. Clarifies that law enforcement may access names and addresses of FID card applicants as needed, although they will not be public record. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act relative to firearms licensing duration and fees.

H1246: Makes firearm licenses last indefinitely (currently they last six years) and removes the fee to apply. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David DeCoste (Norwell)


An Act relative to change of address for firearm licensing.

H1290 / S1324: Removes the provision that suspends firearm licenses when a licensee fails to notify of an address change. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Joseph McKenna (Webster), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to fair licensing.

H2507: Removes police discretion in issuing firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren)


An Act relative to previously licensed gun owners.

H2512: Allows for citizens of Massachusetts who had firearm licenses prior to 1998 to automatically have their licenses reinstated as long as they have not committed crimes. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Susannah Whipps (Athol)


An Act relative to equitable firearm license fees.

S1318: Reduces the application fee for a firearm license from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1320: Changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1339: Removes police discretion in issuing non-resident firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”, changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Michael Moore


An Act relative to data collection on multiple gun purchases.

S1292: Requires the collection and reporting of data on multiple gun purchases by the same licensee within 4 month and 12 month windows. Full text.

Position: Support – SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem

An Act establishing extreme risk protective orders.

H3081: Establishes a civil procedure for removing guns from people who present high risk or danger to themselves or others. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP. and SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act amending victim compensation statute.

H742: Prohibits the denial of state funds already allocated for victims’ relief to cover the funeral, burial, or cremation costs of homicide victims. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP.
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Evandro Carvalho


An Act relative to firearms and firearms violence.

S1298: This is an omnibus firearm bill. Closes the background check loophole for private sales: any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their background check system. Also provides funding for police violence prevention programs, requires that smart gun technology be implemented as soon as it becomes available, and introduces a criminal penalty for gun owners who let their firearm licenses expire for more than 90 days. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act concerning the protection of persons from domestic violence.

H2325: Requires that police remove all weapons from domestic violence situations. Includes a process for returning them when charges are dropped or settled in court. If the court determines the owner must forfeit the weapons, they have 60 days to provide for legal sale of the guns to a dealer, or else they will be destroyed. This includes all firearms owned, not just those seized in this instance. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Boston)


An Act prohibiting gunfire directed at dwelling houses.

H908 / S839: Introduces a penalty for firing a gun at a dwelling. House textSenate text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Rady Mom (Lowell), Sen. Eileen Donoghue


An Act relative to school and public threats.

H2292: Adds certain false reports to a list of threats against schools that are punishable by law. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Jones (North Reading)


An Act creating a statewide gun offender registry.

H2497: Creates the Gun Offender Registry, a database of information about people convicted of gun offenses that would be viewable on the internet. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Boston)


An Act relative to the transportation of illegal firearms.

H3069: Introduces fees for the owner of a vehicle that is found to contain an illegal firearm, whether or not they are the owner of the illegal firearm. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Russell Holmes (Boston)


An Act increasing penalties for discharging a firearm into a dwelling, residence or structure where persons reside.

H3070: Introduces penalties for firing a gun at a dwelling, park, daycare, or school. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Russell Holmes (Boston)


An Act making firearm owners civilly liable for damage caused by lost or stolen firearms.

H3578: Creates civil liability for damages caused by lost or stolen guns that were not reported lost or stolen, and were used in crime. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge)


An Act to enhance courthouse security.

H2328 / S973: Prohibits guns in courthouses–regardless of license–for everyone except law enforcement officers performing their official duties. House textSenate text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsors: Rep. James Murphy (Weymouth), Sen. James Timilty


An Act relative to school safety.

H2354: Prohibits students from transporting or storing firearms in their vehicles on school grounds. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Theodore Speliotis (Danvers)


An Act to establish and award grants for the reduction of violence in municipalities.

H1269: Provides for a $3 million grant for training police to reduce violence in high-crime municipalities. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Paul Heroux (Attleboro)


An Act establishing a smart gun technology task force.

H3271: Establishes a task force to investigate smart gun technology whereby only one authorized user would be able to fire a firearm. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Alice Peisch (Wellesley)


An Act temporarily preventing firearm access for extremely dangerous or suicidal individuals.

H3610: Establishes extreme risk protective orders, allowing police or concerned family or household members to apply for petitions to temporarily remove guns from people who present with extreme risk or danger to themselves or others. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker


An Act authorizing the voluntary disavowal of eligibility to purchase a firearm.

H3611: Creates a way for people to reject their own eligibility to purchase a firearm, mostly as a means of suicide prevention. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge)


Resolve providing for a study by a special commission relative to the primary prevention of gun violence.

Resolve S1311: Creates a commission to study and report on gun violence prevention programs for Massachusetts. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry


An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018…

H3601: The Commonwealth’s amended budget for the fiscal year beginning in July 2017 allots $6,025,000 for youth violence preventions programs from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Gov. Charles Baker


An Act relative to outdoor heritage.

S437: This is a far-reaching omnibus hunting bill. We are opposed to Sections 1 and 13. Section 1 legalizes open carry of loaded firearms on recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, or attached trailers or sleds. Section 13 legalizes open carry of unloaded shotguns and rifles, without a case. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi


An Act relative to unloaded rifles or shotguns.

H1287 / S1323: Legalizes open carry of unloaded shotguns or rifles, without a case. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Paul Mark (Peru), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the lawful sale of ammunition.

H2485 / S1321: Allows out-of-state companies to sell ammunition online and ship it into Massachusetts without being licensed under state law. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (Bridgewater), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to firearms storage.

H1247: Removes the requirement to safely store firearms, except where children reside. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David DeCoste (Norwell)


An Act relative to firearms and recreational vehicles.

H1309 / S1319: Legalizes open carry of loaded firearms on recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, or attached trailers or sleds. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the use of shotguns.

H453: Removes and weakens restrictions on the use of shotguns outside of hunting season and outside of shooting ranges. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Muradian (Grafton)


An Act to promote school safety.

H1319: Allows retired police officers to carry guns on school grounds. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Timothy Whelan (Brewster)


An Act prohibiting the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during a state of emergency.

S1309: Prohibits any state government or law enforcement official from ordering the confiscation of lawfully-owned firearms, unless it is from a person who has been arrested, had their license revoked, or is the subject of a protective order. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Ryan Fattman


An Act relative to constitutional rights.

H1296: Prevents towns, counties, and municipalities from regulating firearms locally. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. James Miceli (Wilmington)


An Act relative to firearm suppressor safety. / An Act relative to noise reduction devices.  / An Act relative to suppressors. 

H763 / H789 / S1317 / S1340: Lifts the Massachusetts ban on silencers, except in the commission of a crime. H763 text. H789 text. S1317 text. S1340 text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Josh Cutler (Duxbury), Rep. Paul Frost (Auburn), Sen. Donald Humason, Sen. Michael Moore

An Act establishing extreme risk protective orders.

H3081: Establishes a civil procedure for removing guns from people who present high risk or danger to themselves or others. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP. and SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to data collection on multiple gun purchases.

S1292: Requires the collection and reporting of data on multiple gun purchases by the same licensee within 4 month and 12 month windows. Full text.

Position: Support – SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act amending victim compensation statute.

H742: Prohibits the denial of state funds already allocated for victims’ relief to cover the funeral, burial, or cremation costs of homicide victims. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP.
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Evandro Carvalho


An Act relative to universal background checks for private gun sales.

H1283: Closes the background check loophole for private sales. Any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their gun transaction web portal. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to firearms and firearms violence.

S1298: This is an omnibus firearm bill. Closes the background check loophole for private sales: any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their background check system. Also provides funding for police violence prevention programs, requires that smart gun technology be implemented as soon as it becomes available, and introduces a criminal penalty for gun owners who let their firearm licenses expire for more than 90 days. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act to clarify the prosecution of illegal guns.

H1280: Clarifies a criminal punishment for gun dealers who sell guns that are not on the Commonwealth’s list of approved firearms. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act to close the assault weapon magazine loophole.

H1281: Adds large capacity feeding devices to the assault weapons ban. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to preventing illegal trafficking of firearms.

S2063: Limits the number of large capacity firearms a person can purchase in a 30 day period. Clarifies that law enforcement may access names and addresses of FID card applicants as needed, although they will not be public record. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act relative to school and public threats.

H2292: Adds certain false reports to a list of threats against schools that are punishable by law. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Jones (North Reading)


An Act creating a statewide gun offender registry.

H2497: Creates the Gun Offender Registry, a database of information about people convicted of gun offenses that would be viewable on the internet. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Boston)


An Act relative to the transportation of illegal firearms.

H3069: Introduces fees for the owner of a vehicle that is found to contain an illegal firearm, whether or not they are the owner of the illegal firearm. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Russell Holmes (Boston)


An Act increasing penalties for discharging a firearm into a dwelling, residence or structure where persons reside.

H3070: Introduces penalties for firing a gun at a dwelling, park, daycare, or school. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Russell Holmes (Boston)


An Act prohibiting gunfire directed at dwelling houses.

H908 / S839: Introduces a penalty for firing a gun at a dwelling. House textSenate text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Rady Mom (Lowell), Sen. Eileen Donoghue


An Act concerning the protection of persons from domestic violence.

H2325: Requires that police remove all weapons from domestic violence situations. Includes a process for returning them when charges are dropped or settled in court. If the court determines the owner must forfeit the weapons, they have 60 days to provide for legal sale of the guns to a dealer, or else they will be destroyed. This includes all firearms owned, not just those seized in this instance. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Boston)


An Act making firearm owners civilly liable for damage caused by lost or stolen firearms.

H3578: Creates civil liability for damages caused by lost or stolen guns that were not reported lost or stolen, and were used in crime. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge)


An Act to enhance courthouse security.

H2328 / S973: Prohibits guns in courthouses–regardless of license–for everyone except law enforcement officers performing their official duties. House textSenate text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsors: Rep. James Murphy (Weymouth), Sen. James Timilty


An Act relative to school safety.

H2354: Prohibits students from transporting or storing firearms in their vehicles on school grounds. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Theodore Speliotis (Danvers)


An Act to establish and award grants for the reduction of violence in municipalities.

H1269: Provides for a $3 million grant for training police to reduce violence in high-crime municipalities. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Paul Heroux (Attleboro)


An Act establishing a smart gun technology task force.

H3271: Establishes a task force to investigate smart gun technology whereby only one authorized user would be able to fire a firearm. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Alice Peisch (Wellesley)


An Act temporarily preventing firearm access for extremely dangerous or suicidal individuals.

H3610: Establishes extreme risk protective orders, allowing police or concerned family or household members to apply for petitions to temporarily remove guns from people who present with extreme risk or danger to themselves or others. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker


An Act authorizing the voluntary disavowal of eligibility to purchase a firearm.

H3611: Creates a way for people to reject their own eligibility to purchase a firearm, mostly as a means of suicide prevention. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge)


Resolve providing for a study by a special commission relative to the primary prevention of gun violence.

Resolve S1311: Creates a commission to study and report on gun violence prevention programs for Massachusetts. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry


An Act regarding the prevention of illegal trafficking and gun violence among youth in the Commonwealth.

S1287: Prohibits the purchase of more than 15 guns in one year, and requires a license in order to carry firearms in cars at one’s place of business or residence. Also calls for a study on interstate strategies to reduce gun trafficking across state lines. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz


An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018…

H3601: The Commonwealth’s amended budget for the fiscal year beginning in July 2017 allots $6,025,000 for youth violence preventions programs from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Gov. Charles Baker


An Act relative to the lawful sale of ammunition.

H2485 / S1321: Allows out-of-state companies to sell ammunition online and ship it into Massachusetts without being licensed under state law. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (Bridgewater), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the definition of assault weapons.

H1285: Repeals the comprehensive definition of banned assault weapons, redefines them by presence of two features. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica)


An Act relative to hearings for firearm identification.

H3254: Requires three public hearings for a gun to be removed from the approved purchase list. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Donald Berthiaume (Spencer)


An Act relative to the sale of firearms.

S1316: Removes copycats and duplicates from the definition of assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi


An Act repealing the ban on modern sporting rifles.

S1325: Legalizes assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to weapon regulation. / An Act clarifying firearms oversight.

H1284 / S1326: Removes firearm manufacturing and sales from the Attorney General’s power to regulate commerce. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act to protect law abiding citizens and strengthen public safety.

S1365: Prohibits the Attorney General from prosecuting assault weapon copycat purchases and sales that took place prior to July 2016. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Bruce Tarr


An Act relative to unloaded rifles or shotguns.

H1287 / S1323: Legalizes open carry of unloaded shotguns or rifles, without a case. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Paul Mark (Peru), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to firearms storage.

H1247: Removes the requirement to safely store firearms, except where children reside. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David DeCoste (Norwell)


An Act relative to firearms and recreational vehicles.

H1309 / S1319: Legalizes open carry of loaded firearms on recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, or attached trailers or sleds. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the use of shotguns.

H453: Removes and weakens restrictions on the use of shotguns outside of hunting season and outside of shooting ranges. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Muradian (Grafton)


An Act relative to outdoor heritage.

S437: This is a far-reaching omnibus hunting bill. We are opposed to Sections 1 and 13. Section 1 legalizes open carry of loaded firearms on recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, or attached trailers or sleds. Section 13 legalizes open carry of unloaded shotguns and rifles, without a case. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi


An Act to promote school safety.

H1319: Allows retired police officers to carry guns on school grounds. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Timothy Whelan (Brewster)


An Act prohibiting the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during a state of emergency.

S1309: Prohibits any state government or law enforcement official from ordering the confiscation of lawfully-owned firearms, unless it is from a person who has been arrested, had their license revoked, or is the subject of a protective order. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Ryan Fattman


An Act relative to firearms licensing duration and fees.

H1246: Makes firearm licenses last indefinitely (currently they last six years) and removes the fee to apply. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David DeCoste (Norwell)


An Act relative to change of address for firearm licensing.

H1290 / S1324: Removes the provision that suspends firearm licenses when a licensee fails to notify of an address change. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Joseph McKenna (Webster), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to fair licensing.

H2507: Removes police discretion in issuing firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren)


An Act relative to previously licensed gun owners.

H2512: Allows for citizens of Massachusetts who had firearm licenses prior to 1998 to automatically have their licenses reinstated as long as they have not committed crimes. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Susannah Whipps (Athol)


An Act relative to equitable firearm license fees.

S1318: Reduces the application fee for a firearm license from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1320: Changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1339: Removes police discretion in issuing non-resident firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”, changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Michael Moore


An Act relative to the lawful sale of handguns.

H1310 / S1322: This is an omnibus bill that greatly loosens restrictions on gun dealers, including repealing the laws that require comprehensive record-keeping of gun sales and reporting of thefts. Also removes the Attorney General’s power to regulate weapons and weapon sales. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to constitutional rights.

H1296: Prevents towns, counties, and municipalities from regulating firearms locally. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. James Miceli (Wilmington)


An Act relative to firearm suppressor safety. / An Act relative to noise reduction devices.  / An Act relative to suppressors. 

H763 / H789 / S1317 / S1340: Lifts the Massachusetts ban on silencers, except in the commission of a crime. H763 text. H789 text. S1317 text. S1340 text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Josh Cutler (Duxbury), Rep. Paul Frost (Auburn), Sen. Donald Humason, Sen. Michael Moore

An Act establishing extreme risk protective orders.

H3081: Establishes a civil procedure for removing guns from people who present high risk or danger to themselves or others. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP. and SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to data collection on multiple gun purchases.

S1292: Requires the collection and reporting of data on multiple gun purchases by the same licensee within 4 month and 12 month windows. Full text.

Position: Support – SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act amending victim compensation statute.

H742: Prohibits the denial of state funds already allocated for victims’ relief to cover the funeral, burial, or cremation costs of homicide victims. Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP.
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Evandro Carvalho


An Act relative to universal background checks for private gun sales.

H1283: Closes the background check loophole for private sales. Any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their gun transaction web portal. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to firearms and firearms violence.

S1298: This is an omnibus firearm bill. Closes the background check loophole for private sales: any sale or transfer of a firearm must take place at the location of a licensed dealer and be submitted to their background check system. Also provides funding for police violence prevention programs, requires that smart gun technology be implemented as soon as it becomes available, and introduces a criminal penalty for gun owners who let their firearm licenses expire for more than 90 days. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act to clarify the prosecution of illegal guns.

H1280: Clarifies a criminal punishment for gun dealers who sell guns that are not on the Commonwealth’s list of approved firearms. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act to close the assault weapon magazine loophole.

H1281: Adds large capacity feeding devices to the assault weapons ban. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to preventing illegal trafficking of firearms.

S2063: Limits the number of large capacity firearms a person can purchase in a 30 day period. Clarifies that law enforcement may access names and addresses of FID card applicants as needed, although they will not be public record. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem


An Act prohibiting gunfire directed at dwelling houses.

H908 / S839: Introduces a penalty for firing a gun at a dwelling. House textSenate text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Rady Mom (Lowell), Sen. Eileen Donoghue


An Act relative to school and public threats.

H2292: Adds certain false reports to a list of threats against schools that are punishable by law. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Jones (North Reading)


An Act creating a statewide gun offender registry.

H2497: Creates the Gun Offender Registry, a database of information about people convicted of gun offenses that would be viewable on the internet. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Boston)


An Act relative to the transportation of illegal firearms.

H3069: Introduces fees for the owner of a vehicle that is found to contain an illegal firearm, whether or not they are the owner of the illegal firearm. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Russell Holmes (Boston)


An Act increasing penalties for discharging a firearm into a dwelling, residence or structure where persons reside.

H3070: Introduces penalties for firing a gun at a dwelling, park, daycare, or school. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Russell Holmes (Boston)


An Act concerning the protection of persons from domestic violence.

H2325: Requires that police remove all weapons from domestic violence situations. Includes a process for returning them when charges are dropped or settled in court. If the court determines the owner must forfeit the weapons, they have 60 days to provide for legal sale of the guns to a dealer, or else they will be destroyed. This includes all firearms owned, not just those seized in this instance. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Boston)


An Act making firearm owners civilly liable for damage caused by lost or stolen firearms.

H3578: Creates civil liability for damages caused by lost or stolen guns that were not reported lost or stolen, and were used in crime. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge)


An Act to enhance courthouse security.

H2328 / S973: Prohibits guns in courthouses–regardless of license–for everyone except law enforcement officers performing their official duties. House textSenate text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsors: Rep. James Murphy (Weymouth), Sen. James Timilty


An Act relative to school safety.

H2354: Prohibits students from transporting or storing firearms in their vehicles on school grounds. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Theodore Speliotis (Danvers)


An Act to establish and award grants for the reduction of violence in municipalities.

H1269: Provides for a $3 million grant for training police to reduce violence in high-crime municipalities. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Paul Heroux (Attleboro)


An Act establishing a smart gun technology task force.

H3271: Establishes a task force to investigate smart gun technology whereby only one authorized user would be able to fire a firearm. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Alice Peisch (Wellesley)


An Act temporarily preventing firearm access for extremely dangerous or suicidal individuals.

H3610: Establishes extreme risk protective orders, allowing police or concerned family or household members to apply for petitions to temporarily remove guns from people who present with extreme risk or danger to themselves or others. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker


An Act authorizing the voluntary disavowal of eligibility to purchase a firearm.

H3611: Creates a way for people to reject their own eligibility to purchase a firearm, mostly as a means of suicide prevention. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge)


Resolve providing for a study by a special commission relative to the primary prevention of gun violence.

Resolve S1311: Creates a commission to study and report on gun violence prevention programs for Massachusetts. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry


An Act regarding the prevention of illegal trafficking and gun violence among youth in the Commonwealth.

S1287: Prohibits the purchase of more than 15 guns in one year, and requires a license in order to carry firearms in cars at one’s place of business or residence. Also calls for a study on interstate strategies to reduce gun trafficking across state lines. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz


An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2018…

H3601: The Commonwealth’s amended budget for the fiscal year beginning in July 2017 allots $6,025,000 for youth violence preventions programs from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Gov. Charles Baker

An Act relative to the lawful sale of ammunition.

H2485 / S1321: Allows out-of-state companies to sell ammunition online and ship it into Massachusetts without being licensed under state law. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (Bridgewater), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to weapon regulation. / An Act clarifying firearms oversight.

H1284 / S1326: Removes firearm manufacturing and sales from the Attorney General’s power to regulate commerce. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the definition of assault weapons.

H1285: Repeals the comprehensive definition of banned assault weapons, redefines them by presence of two features. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marc Lombardo (Billerica)


An Act relative to hearings for firearm identification.

H3254: Requires three public hearings for a gun to be removed from the approved purchase list. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Donald Berthiaume (Spencer)


An Act relative to the sale of firearms.

S1316: Removes copycats and duplicates from the definition of assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi


An Act repealing the ban on modern sporting rifles.

S1325: Legalizes assault weapons. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act to protect law abiding citizens and strengthen public safety.

S1365: Prohibits the Attorney General from prosecuting assault weapon copycat purchases and sales that took place prior to July 2016. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Bruce Tarr


An Act relative to unloaded rifles or shotguns.

H1287 / S1323: Legalizes open carry of unloaded shotguns or rifles, without a case. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Paul Mark (Peru), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to firearms storage.

H1247: Removes the requirement to safely store firearms, except where children reside. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David DeCoste (Norwell)


An Act relative to firearms and recreational vehicles.

H1309 / S1319: Legalizes open carry of loaded firearms on recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, or attached trailers or sleds. House textSenate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to the use of shotguns.

H453: Removes and weakens restrictions on the use of shotguns outside of hunting season and outside of shooting ranges. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Muradian (Grafton)


An Act relative to outdoor heritage.

S437: This is a far-reaching omnibus hunting bill. We are opposed to Sections 1 and 13. Section 1 legalizes open carry of loaded firearms on recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, or attached trailers or sleds. Section 13 legalizes open carry of unloaded shotguns and rifles, without a case. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Anne Gobi


An Act to promote school safety.

H1319: Allows retired police officers to carry guns on school grounds. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Timothy Whelan (Brewster)


An Act prohibiting the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during a state of emergency.

S1309: Prohibits any state government or law enforcement official from ordering the confiscation of lawfully-owned firearms, unless it is from a person who has been arrested, had their license revoked, or is the subject of a protective order. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Ryan Fattman


An Act relative to firearms licensing duration and fees.

H1246: Makes firearms licenses last indefinitely (currently they last six years) and removes the fee to apply. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David DeCoste (Norwell)


An Act relative to change of address for firearm licensing.

H1290 / S1324: Removes the provision that suspends firearm licenses when a licensee fails to notify of an address change. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Joseph McKenna (Webster), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to fair licensing.

H2507: Removes police discretion in issuing firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren)


An Act relative to previously licensed gun owners.

H2512: Allows for citizens of Massachusetts who had firearm licenses prior to 1998 to automatically have their licenses reinstated as long as they have not committed crimes. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Susannah Whipps (Athol)


An Act relative to equitable firearm license fees.

S1318: Reduces the application fee for a firearm license from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1320: Changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to non-resident firearm license fees.

S1339: Removes police discretion in issuing non-resident firearm licenses by changing “may issue” to “shall issue”, changes temporary (one year) non-resident firearm licenses into six-year non-resident licenses, and reduces the application fee from $100 to $40. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Sen. Michael Moore


An Act relative to the lawful sale of handguns.

H1310 / S1322: This is an omnibus bill that greatly loosens restrictions on gun dealers, including repealing the laws that require comprehensive record-keeping of gun sales and reporting of thefts. Also removes the Attorney General’s power to regulate weapons and weapon sales. House text. Senate text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Todd Smola (Warren), Sen. Donald Humason


An Act relative to constitutional rights.

H1296: Prevents towns, counties, and municipalities from regulating firearms locally. Full text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsor: Rep. James Miceli (Wilmington)


An Act relative to firearm suppressor safety. / An Act relative to noise reduction devices.  / An Act relative to suppressors. 

H763 / H789 / S1317 / S1340: Lifts the Massachusetts ban on silencers, except in the commission of a crime. H763 text. H789 text. S1317 text. S1340 text.

Position: Oppose
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Josh Cutler (Duxbury), Rep. Paul Frost (Auburn), Sen. Donald Humason, Sen. Michael Moore

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