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Thread: House Bill 4376 (New Gun Bill)

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    House Bill 4376 (New Gun Bill)

    Here's a break down of the new gun law:

    Key changes to the statute include:
     Requires Massachusetts to submit more data to the federal National Instant Check System,
    including state commitments for alcohol and/or substance abuse, commitments for mental
    illness or as dangerous persons, and convictions for domestic violence cases;
     Allows an individual who has been committed for certain mental health reasons, for an alcohol
    use disorder ,substance use disorder, or guardianship appointment to petition the court 5 years
    from the date of commitment requesting that his/her ability to possess a firearms, rifle, or
    shotgun be restored;
     Requires all Massachusetts licensed gun dealers to run criminal offender record information
    (CORI) checks on current and new employees;
     Requires all Massachusetts licensed gun dealers to post information about suicide awareness
    and prevention;
     Eliminates the requirement to obtain a firearms identification card or license to carry to
    purchase or possess self-defense spray, unless under the age of 18 or otherwise disqualified by
     Requires personal sales/transfers of all firearms, rifles, and shotguns to be completed through a
    web portal to be developed by the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services; the
    portal will, among other things, verify the identity of both buyer and seller, and ensure the
    sale/transfer complies with the law;
     Expands the eligibility disqualifications for firearms identification cards and licenses to carry;
     Allows licensing authorities to petition the district court to deny, suspend, or revoke firearms
    identification cards on the grounds of unsuitability;
    Changes to the Laws Concerning Firearms Licensing and Gun
    Sales in Massachusetts Requires that a licensing authority provide each applicant with a receipt indicating that either a
    new or renewal firearms license application has been received;
     Provides an indefinite grace period if an applicant submits a renewal application prior to the
    expiration of his/her current license;
     Eliminates the Class B license to carry firearms; current Class B licenses to carry will remain valid
    until the said expiration of the license;
     Exempts active duty military personnel from the requirement to take a Basic Firearms Safety
    Course before obtaining an FID or LTC;
     Reduces the firearms application fee to $25 for retired law enforcement officers;
     Exempts law enforcement officers from the assault weapon and large capacity feeding device
     Changes the definition and some punishments relative to firearms trafficking crimes;
     Creates several new crimes involving the use of firearms, including assault and battery with a
    firearm and disarming a law enforcement officer;
     Requires all licensing authorities to trace and collect specific data on any firearm used in a crime
    within its jurisdiction.


    1. Massachusetts firearms dealers are required to perform criminal offender record
    information (CORI) checks prior to hiring any person who has “direct and
    unmonitored” contact with firearms to determine the suitability of the employee.
    Further, dealers must run a CORI check on all current employees by no later than
    February 16, 2015.
    To obtain CORI checks, the licensee must first register as an employer on the Department
    of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) iCORI system. To register, go to and follow the instructions. A fee of $25 dollars will be
    charged for each name submitted for a CORI check.
    Important: after you have registered in iCORI, you must call the DCJIS Legal Unit at
    617.660.4760 to obtain the proper CORI access level, as provided by H4376.

    2. Firearms license no longer needed for most individuals to purchase and possess
    pepper/self-defense spray.
    Firearms dealers may sell self-defense sprays to any person age 18 or over, unless
    otherwise disqualified. A firearms identification (FID) card or license to carry firearms
    (LTC) is not required for purchase. However, dealers should verify age with a valid form
    of identification.Individuals between the ages of 15 and 18 must still have a valid firearms identification
    (FID) card to purchase self-defense spray.
    Though a dealer is not required to determine whether or not a purchaser is disqualified
    from possessing self-defense spray, a licensee must not sell to any individual that he/she
    knows to be disqualified. There is no crime should a dealer sell self-defense spray to a
    disqualified individual.

    3. Law enforcement officers are now exempt from the assault weapon and large
    capacity feeding device ban.
    Active law enforcement officers may now purchase assault weapons and large capacity
    feeding devices. Firearms sold must still appear on the Approved Firearms Roster, and
    officers must present proof of employment.
    1. Firearms dealers must post and distribute with each purchase a notice providing
    information on suicide prevention.
    This notice will be developed and provided by the division on violence and injury
    prevention within the Department of Public Health.
    2. An “Olympic competition firearms” roster will be developed for firearms or pistols
    solely designed and sold for Olympic shooting competition.
    3. Firearms licenses will remain valid after the expiration date of the license until the
    application for renewal is either approved or denied. However, the licensee must
    present a valid receipt from his/her local licensing authority showing that the
    renewal application was submitted prior to the expiration of the current license.


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    earth's crust
    Sounds like BS .. you go into a alcohol treatment facility and you loose your gun rights? That ain't right.

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    Regular Member OC for ME's Avatar
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    I'll give MA props for being consistent.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    Regular Member sudden valley gunner's Avatar
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    More infringements with plenty of agents willing to enforce them.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
    "Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because
    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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