HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 622        FILED ON: 1/13/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1287

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Paul W. Mark

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to unloaded rifles or shotguns.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

1/13/2017

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

 

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

 

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

 

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

 

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

 

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

 

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

 

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

Second Hampden and Hampshire

 

Carlos González

10th Hampden

 

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

 

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

 

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

 

 



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 622        FILED ON: 1/13/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1287

By Mr. Mark of Peru, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1287) of Paul W. Mark and others for legislation to permit the carrying of unloaded shotguns and rifles on public ways.  Public Safety and Homeland Security.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2155 OF 2015-2016.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act relative to unloaded rifles or shotguns.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1.Section 12D of Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws shall be amended by deleting the following language:

(b) Except as exempted or provided by law, no person shall carry on his person on any public way an unloaded rifle or shotgun, unless such rifle or shotgun is enclosed in a case.

Whoever violates the provisions of this subsection shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, and may be arrested without a warrant; provided, however, that if such unloaded rifle or shotgun is a large capacity weapon and is carried simultaneously with a fully or partially loaded large capacity feeding device, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and may be arrested without a warrant.

This subsection shall not apply to drills, parades, military reenactments or other commemorative ceremonies, color guards or memorial service firing squads, so-called, as permitted by law.