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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 283         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1131

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Eileen M. Donoghue

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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 increasing the penalties for the illegal possession of firearms.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Gerard T. Leone, Jr., Middlesex District Attorney

15 Commonwealth Ave

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 283        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1131

By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1131) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Gerard T. Leone, Jr., Middlesex District Attorney , James J. Dwyer, David Paul Linsky and other members of the General Court for legislation to increase the penalties for the illegal possession of firearms.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1207 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act increasing the penalties for the illegal possession of firearms.
 

              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 131M of chapter 140 is hereby amended by striking out section 131M in its entirety, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              Section 131M.  No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or possess an assault weapon or a large capacity feeding device that was not otherwise lawfully possessed on September 13, 1994.  Whoever not being licensed under the provisions of section 122 violates the provisions of this section shall be punished, for a first offense, by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 2 years nor more than 20 years, and a fine of not less than $1000 nor more than $10,000, and for a second offense, by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years, and by a fine of not less than $5000 nor more than $15,000.

              The sentence imposed on such person shall not be reduced to less than 2 years for first offense and 5 years for second offense, nor suspended, nor shall any person convicted under this subsection be eligible for probation, parole, work release, or furlough or receive any deduction from his sentence for good conduct until he shall have served 2 years for a first offense and 5 years for second offense of such a sentence; provided, however, that the commissioner of correction may on the recommendation of the warden, superintendent, or other person in charge of a correctional institution, grant to an offender committed under this subsection a temporary release in the custody of an officer of such institution for the following purposes only: to attend the funeral of a relative; to visit a critically ill relative; or to obtain emergency medical or psychiatric service unavailable at said institution.  Prosecutions commenced under this section shall not be continued without a finding nor placed on file.

              The provisions of this section shall not apply to: (i) the possession by a law enforcement officer for purposes of law enforcement; or (ii) the possession by an individual who is retired from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving such a weapon or feeding device from such agency upon retirement.

              SECTION 2.  Section 131N of chapter 140 is hereby amended by striking out section 131N in its entirety, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              Section 131N. No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or possess any weapon, capable of discharging a bullet or shot, that is: (i) constructed in a shape that does not resemble a handgun, short-barreled rifle or short-barreled shotgun including, but not limited to, covert weapons that resemble key-chains, pens, cigarette-lighters or cigarette-packages; or (ii) not detectable as a weapon or potential weapon by x-ray machines commonly used at airports or walk-through metal detectors.

                            Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished, for a first offense, by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 2 years nor more than 20 years, and a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000, and for a second offense, by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years, and by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $15,000.

              The sentence imposed on such person shall not be reduced to less than 2 years for first offense and 5 years for second offense, nor suspended, nor shall any person convicted under this subsection be eligible for probation, parole, work release, or furlough or receive any deduction from his sentence for good conduct until he shall have served 2 years for a first offense and 5 years for second offense of such a sentence; provided, however, that the commissioner of correction may on the recommendation of the warden, superintendent, or other person in charge of a correctional institution, grant to an offender committed under this subsection a temporary release in the custody of an officer of such institution for the following purposes only: to attend the funeral of a relative; to visit a critically ill relative; or to obtain emergency medical or psychiatric service unavailable at said institution.  Prosecutions commenced under this section shall not be continued without a finding nor placed on file.

              SECTION 3.  Section 10 of chapter 269 is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 96, the clause “shall be punished in the state prison for life, or for any term of years provided that any sentence imposed under the provisions of this paragraph shall be subject to the minimum requirements of paragraph (a)” and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              shall be punished by a imprisonment in the state prison for life, or for any term of years, but in no event less than the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 5 years and up to any term of years.  The sentence imposed on such person shall not be reduced to less than 5 years, nor suspended, nor shall any person convicted under this subsection be eligible for probation, parole, work release, or furlough or receive any deduction from his sentence for good conduct until he shall have served 5 years of such a sentence; provided, however, that the commissioner of correction may on the recommendation of the warden, superintendent, or other person in charge of a correctional institution, grant to an offender committed under this subsection a temporary release in the custody of an officer of such institution for the following purposes only: to attend the funeral of a relative; to visit a critically ill relative; or to obtain emergency medical or psychiatric service unavailable at said institution.  Prosecutions commenced under this section shall not be continued without a finding nor placed on file.

              SECTION 4.  Said section 10 is hereby further amended by striking out paragraph (d) in its entirety, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

              (d) Whoever, after having been convicted of any of the offenses set forth in paragraph (a), (b), (c), (h) or (m) of section 10, or sections 131M or 131N of chapter 140 commits a like offense or any other of the said offenses, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years; for a third such offense, by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 7 years nor more than 20 years; and for a fourth such offense, by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 10 years nor more than 20 years.  The sentence imposed upon a person, who after a conviction of an offense under paragraph (a), (b), (c), (h) or (m) of section 10, or sections 131M or 131N of chapter 140 commits the same or a like offense, shall not be suspended, nor shall any person so sentenced be eligible for probation or receive any deduction from his sentence for good conduct.

              SECTION 5.  Said section 10 is hereby further amended by striking out paragraph (h)(1) in its entirety, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-

              (h)(1) Whoever owns, possesses or transfers a firearm, rifle, shotgun or ammunition without complying with the provisions of section 129c of chapter 140 shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years. In addition, a fine of not more $1000 may be imposed. The sentence imposed on such person shall not be continued without a finding or placed on file. Any officer authorized to make arrests may arrest without a warrant any person whom the officer has probable cause to believe has violated this paragraph.

              SECTION 6.  Section 10G of chapter 269 is hereby amended by striking paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) and inserting the following paragraphs:-

              (a) Whoever, having been previously convicted of a violent crime or of a serious drug offense, both as defined herein, violates the provisions of paragraph (a), (c), (h) or (m) of section 10, or sections 131M or 131N of chapter 140, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than three years nor more than 15 years.

              (b) Whoever, having been previously convicted of two violent crimes, or two serious drug offenses or one violent crime and one serious drug offense, arising from separate incidences, violates the provisions of paragraph (a), (c), (h) or (m) of section 10, or sections 131M or 131N of chapter 140, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than ten years nor more than 15 years.

              (c) Whoever, having been previously convicted of three violent crimes or three serious drug offenses, or any combination thereof totaling three, arising from separate incidences, violates the provisions of paragraph (a), (c), (h) or (m) of section 10, or sections 131M or 131N of chapter 140, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 15 years nor more than 20 years.

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