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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1713         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 782

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

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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 the criminal firearms and trafficking division of the state police. .

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jennifer L. Flanagan

 

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Marc R. Pacheco

 

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Demetrius J. Atsalis

2nd Barnstable

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Michael F. Rush

Suffolk and Norfolk

Bruce E. Tarr

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1713        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 782

By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 782) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, Jennifer E. Benson, Todd M. Smola, Christine E. Canavan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the criminal firearms and trafficking division of the state police.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to the criminal firearms and trafficking division of the state police. .
 

              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.  Any violent crime committed with the possession of a firearm or machine gun within the commonwealth shall be considered a state crime. All such crimes shall become the jurisdiction of the Criminal Firearms and Trafficking Division.

              Section 2. There shall be attached to the department of the attorney general a special unit of the state police known as the Criminal Firearms and Trafficking Division, heretofore referred to as the division. The division shall assist the office of the attorney general in prosecuting all crimes involving the criminal use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence as defined in Section 9A. The division shall investigate all cases of unlawful intrastate firearms trafficking. The division shall investigate any criminal use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime as defined in Section 9A that has taken place within the commonwealth to establish the following:

              1. If the suspect would be considered a prohibited person;

              2. Determine if the suspect obtained the firearm illegally;

              3. Determine the source from which the suspect illegally obtained the firearm;

              4. Create a database of all firearms reported stolen or recovered as stolen property, said database shall be made available to all federally licensed firearm dealers within the commonwealth;

              5. Create a database of all firearms used in such crimes within the commonwealth. The database shall include the following:

                    a. The make, model and serial number of the firearm;

                    b. Any fingerprint evidence found on the firearm;

                    c. Any ballistic evidence that can be retrieved from the crime scene;

                    d. If the criminal use of the firearm was related to known gang activity;

              Section 3. The division shall make an annual report to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security concerning all of the information that it has gathered during each calendar year concerning the criminal use and criminal trafficking of firearms.

                                  Any fines collected as a result of any convictions in sections 9D through 10F, inclusive, of this chapter shall be utilized to fund the Criminal Firearms and Trafficking Division.

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