SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1726        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1388


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Cynthia Stone Creem


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 crime gun data reporting and analysis.







Cynthia Stone Creem

First Middlesex and Norfolk


David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex


Cindy F. Friedman

Fourth Middlesex


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands


Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester


Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex


Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester


Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex


Paul R. Feeney

Bristol and Norfolk


Michael J. Barrett

Third Middlesex


Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex


Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk


James T. Welch



Joan B. Lovely

Second Essex


Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex


Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk


Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex


Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1726        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1388

By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1388) of Cynthia Stone Creem, David Paul Linsky, Cindy F. Friedman, Denise Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to crime gun data reporting and analysis .  Public Safety and Homeland Security.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act relative to crime gun data reporting and analysis.


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 18 ¾ of Chapter 6A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking paragraph (10) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

(10)  to develop or solicit proposals for a university or nonprofit to develop a biennial report analyzing the firearms trace data collected under section 131Q of chapter 140 of the General Laws and non-identifying gun sales transaction data held by the firearms records bureau.  Such report shall  be sent to the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on public safety and homeland security not later than March 1 of every even-numbered year. The report shall contain, but not be limited to, the following information: (i) statistics related to firearms crimes; (ii) arrests and prosecutions of firearms-related offenses, to serve as an examination of the effectiveness of the commonwealth’s firearms-related regulations; (iii) aggregate data on the source of firearms that have been confiscated and identified as being used in a crime or in an attempted or completed suicide during the report period, including aggregate information on the manufacturer, state of origin and last known point of sale, transfer, loss or theft of such firearms; (iv) an explanation of substantial changes in state and federal firearms-related laws and firearms-related statistics in the commonwealth; (v) the effectiveness of section 128B of chapter 140; (vi) the effectiveness of current reporting mechanisms for lost and stolen guns, including identifying the number of guns traced to crime that were determined to have been lost or stolen and, of these, how many were reported lost or stolen prior to their use in the commission of a crime; and (vii) firearm purchase and sales patterns as they relate to firearms traced to crime, including an analysis of the number of guns traced to a crime that were originally purchased from each licensed gun dealer in the commonwealth or purchased through a secondary private seller; and (viii) an analysis of whether the license number used for the purchase or transfer of any firearm used in a crime was associated with the purchase or transfer of any other firearms, in this or any other jurisdiction, within a 12 month period prior or subsequent to the sale of the recovered firearm and the total number of such firearms purchased or transferred by that license holder and whether any of such firearms were also used in crime.  Provided, further that, all data referenced herein or relied upon in compiling the report shall accompany the report in an aggregate and non-identifying format. "

SECTION 2.  The initial report required by this act shall include an analysis and compilation of all relevant data as of August 11, 2014.