2019-2020 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.

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Priority Bills:

An Act relative to crime gun data reporting and analysis.

S1388/H2045: An act relative to crime gun data reporting and analysis.

Since 2014, crime gun data has been collected by the commonwealth. Unfortunately, this data has not been utilized successfully. This bill would require a report and analysis about the existing data so that legislators and law enforcement can effectively target the source of guns used in crime.
S1388 full text and H2045 full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR (coming soon)
S1388 Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cynthia Creem

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP (coming soon)
H 2045 Primary Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Decker


An Act relative to universal background checks for private gun sales

H2092: Closes the loophole by requiring private sales to take place at a registered gun dealer, who can run a full criminal background check through the NICS database as well as the Massachusetts system.  Full text.

Position: Support – EMAIL YOUR STATE REP (coming soon)
Primary Sponsor: Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


In addition to the above priority bills, we support the following;

An Act relative to firearms and firearms violence.

S1387: 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 authorizing the voluntary disavowal of eligibility to purchase a firearm.

H2048: To establish a list of persons who disavow eligibility to purchase a firearm, rifle, shotgun or machine gun with the commissioner, in consultation with the executive office of public safety, the attorney general and the colonel of the state police. Full text.

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


An Act relative to ghost guns.

H3843: To require individuals who manufacture or assemble firearms to obtain a serial number and permanent marking of serial number on said firearm. Full text.

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


An Act requiring licensed gun owners to submit a yearly affidavit.

H3576: To require gun owners to submit an annual affidavit that the cardholder has not lost a firearm or had a firearm stolen from their possession since the date of the cardholder’s last renewal or issuance. Full text.

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


An Act relative to the reckless discharge of firearms.

H2046: To punish individuals who recklessly or intentionally discharge a firearm that risks serious bodily harm to others an imprisonment in the state correctional facility up to 5 years. Full text.

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


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

H2044: To require those who fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm that is later used in a crime to be civilly liable for any damages resulting from that crime. Full text.

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


An Act establishing an institute within the Department of Public Health.

S1368/ H3577: To establish a Firearms Institute subject to appropriations. S1368 full text. H3577 full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Senator William Brownsberger/Rep. David Linsky (Natick)


An Act relative to 3D printed weapons and “ghost guns”.

H2096: To prohibit use of 3D manufacturing of firearms and any firearm component unless individual(s) is federally licensed to do so. Full text.

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


An Act to clarify the prosecution of illegal guns.

H2094: To clarify the prosecution in  the sale, transfer, lease, rent or delivery of illegal guns in the General Laws. Full text.

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


An Act requiring live fire practice for a firearms license.

H2091: To require licensed firearm owners to attend a curriculum of at least 5 hours of live discharge of firearms, rifles, and shotguns at a license gun club. Full text.

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


An Act to require liability insurance for gun ownership.

H2093: To establish responsibility on gun owners without liability insurance of firearms to face punishment. Full text.

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


An Act establishing a smart gun technology task force.

H2117: A task force under the Public Safety & Homeland Security committee to review the feasibility of smart gun technology. Full text.

Position: Support
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Alice Peisch

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