Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the following provisions pertaining to firearms shall be in effect in the city of Boston:-
A "Firearms" shall mean a firearm as defined in section one hundred and twenty-one of chapter one hundred and forty of the General Laws
"Firearm" shall not include:
(a) a firearm which has been modified so as to render it permanently inoperable or so as to make it permanently a device which may not appropriately be designed as a firearm; or
(b) an antique or relic firearm, movie prop or other weapon not capable of firing projectile and not intended for use as a functional weapon and which cannot be readily converted through combination of available parts into an operable firearm.
B It shall be unlawful to sell, rent, lease, barter or transfer a firearm to any person under the age of twenty-one years or for any person under the age of twenty-one years to sell, rent, lease, barter, transfer, possess or purchase a firearm.
Unless otherwise exempt by the provisions of this act, notwithstanding section one hundred and thirty-one of chapter one hundred and forty of the General Laws, no eligible person shall apply to the police commissioner for the city of Boston for a license to carry or possess a firearm, and said police commissioner shall not issue any such license to any such person unless he has clearly established he is twenty-one years of age.
C This act shall not apply to the following:
(a) officers, agents, or employees of this or any other state or of the United States, members of the armed forces of the United States or the organized militia of this or any other state, and law enforcement officers, including special police officers licensed by the city of Boston, to the extent that any such person is authorized by competent authority to acquire, possess or carry a firearm and is acting within the scope of their official duties;
(b) the sale of firearms by dealers licensed under the provisions of section one hundred and twenty-two of chapter one hundred and forty of the General Laws to those persons described in clause (a);
(c) the possession of firearms by nonresidents who are licensed to carry firearms under the provisions of section one hundred and thirty-one of said chapter one hundred and forty, while on the property of a lawfully incorporated sporting or shooting club;
(d) the possession of firearms by persons specifically authorized to acquire, have, possess or carry a firearm pursuant to federal law;
(e) the regular and ordinary transport of firearms as merchandise by any common carrier;
(f) to a person voluntarily surrendering a firearm and ammunition therefor to a licensing authority, the Boston police commission or his designee, if prior written notice has been given by said person to the licensing authority or the police commissioner, stating the place and approximate time of said surrender;
(g) possession of firearms and ammunition therefor by nonresident of the commonwealth traveling in or through the city, provided that any firearm is unloaded and enclosed in a case and provided that the nonresident has complied with the requirements of section one hundred and thirty-one F of said chapter one hundred and forty; possession of firearms and ammunition therefor by residents of the commonwealth not residing within the city of Boston, traveling in or through the city of Boston, provided that they are licensed to carry the firearm under the provisions of section one hundred and thirty-one of said chapter one hundred and forty;
(h) any new resident moving into the city of Boston, or any resident of the city, upon being released from active service with any of the armed services of he United States with respect to any firearm and ammunition therefor in his possession, for sixty days after such release or after the time he moves into the city of Boston;
(i) the transfer as provided by law of a firearm upon the death of an owner to his heir or legatee shall be subject to the provisions of this section, provided that said heir or legatee shall within one hundred and eighty days of such transfer, obtain a firearm identification card pursuant to section one hundred and twenty-nine B of said chapter one hundred and forty.
D Any person who violates the provisions of this act shall for a first offense be punished by a fine of one thousand dollars, and for any subsequent offense by a sentence of no greater than two and one-half years in the house of correction.
E (a) A police officer shall be authorized to seize any firearm which may be evidence of a violation of this act. The firearm shall be held as evidence by the police and may be disposed of in accordance with section one hundred and twenty-nine of chapter one hundred and forty of the General Laws.
(b) The police commissioner of the city of Boston shall be authorized to revoke licenses granted under sections one hundred and twenty-two and one hundred and thirty-one of said chapter one hundred and forty for violations of this act.
(c) This act shall not apply to any person who on the effective date of this act has a valid license to carry a firearm issued pursuant to section one hundred and thirty-one or one hundred and thirty-one F of said chapter one hundred and forty.
(d) This act shall not be construed to prohibit the enforcement of any other statute and any person who violated the provisions of this act may also be convicted of any other violation of law notwithstanding the provisions of this act.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.