HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1236        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1315


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



David T. Vieira


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 firearm owners protection.






Date Added:

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable


Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable


Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol


James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex


Leonard Mirra

2nd Essex


James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex


Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk


Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth


Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex


Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex


Donald F. Humason, Jr.

Second Hampden and Hampshire


Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester


Kate D. Campanale

17th Worcester


Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester


John C. Velis

4th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1236        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1315

By Mr. Vieira of Falmouth, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1315) of David T. Vieira and others relative to the transportation of firearms by non-residents.  Public Safety and Homeland Security.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2191 OF 2015-2016.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act relative to firearm owners protection.


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. Chapter 140 of the Massachusetts General Laws shall be amended by inserting the following new section;

            Section 131Z: Notwithstanding any general, special law or regulation to the contrary any person, not being a resident of the Commonwealth, who is not otherwise prohibited under federal law from transporting, shipping, or receiving a weapon shall be entitled to transport a weapon for any lawful purpose from any place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such weapon to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such weapon. 

During such transportation the weapon shall be unloaded.  Neither the weapon nor any ammunition being transported shall be readily accessible or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the weapon and ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

If a person is found to be in compliance and exempt under this section no persons or property shall be detained, held or confiscated unless an arrestable offense exists outside of the parameters of this section.

If a person who is exempt under this section is unexpectedly delayed in their travel including but no limited to mechanical, weather, illness, flight or other commercial travel delays such person shall retain the protections of this section