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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 295        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1186


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Stephen M. Brewer


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 an unloaded rifle or shotgun..






Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Demetrius J. Atsalis

2nd Barnstable

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Richard Bastien

2nd Worcester

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 295        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1186

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1186) of Stephen M. Brewer, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Cleon H. Turner, Elizabeth A. Poirier and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to an unloaded rifle or shotgun.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 913 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to an unloaded rifle or shotgun..


              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.

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