Truthful Statistics

Here you will find data and primary source documents on the history of gun control legislation in Massachusetts, and what its effects have been on public safety and the rights of law-abiding citizens to own a firearm.

Massachusetts Reports and Data On The Failure Of Gun Control, Statistical data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Department of Public Health Statistic Web Site


ISP Homicides prior to the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act

To view pre-1998 Homicide Graph Click Here

Homicides/1994.pdf

Homicides/1995.pdf

Homicides/1996.pdf

Homicides/1997.pdf

To view pre-1998 WRISS Graph Click Here

View WRISS Report Click Here


ISP Homicides after the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act

To view ISP Fatality Results Graph Click Here

To view a specific year's report click on the links below:

Homicides/1998.pdf

Homicides/1999.pdf

Homicides/2000.pdf

Homicides/2001.pdf

Homicides/2002.pdf

Homicides/2003.pdf

Homicides/2004.pdf

Homicides/2005.pdf

Homicides/2006.pdf


ISP Hospital Discharges after the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act

To view ISP Hospital Discharge Results Graph Click Here

To view a specific year's report click on the links below:

Hospital discharges/1998.pdf

Hospital discharges/1999.pdf

Hospital discharges/2000.pdf

Hospital discharges/2001.pdf

Hospital discharges/2002.pdf

Hospital discharges/2003.pdf

Hospital discharges/2004.pdf

Hospital discharges/2005.pdf

Hospital discharges/2006.pdf


ISP Emergency Room Visits after the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act

To view ISP Emergency Room Results Graph Click Here

To view a specific year's report click on the links below:

Emergency Room/1999.pdf

Emergency Room/2000.pdf

Emergency Room/2001.pdf

Emergency Room/2002.pdf

Emergency Room/2003.pdf

Emergency Room/2004.pdf

Emergency Room/2005.pdf

Emergency Room/2006.pdf


ISP Outpatient Observation after the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act

To view ISP Outpatient Observation Results Graph Click Here

To View a specific year's report click on the links below:

Observation/2001.pdf

Observation/2002.pdf

Observation/2003.pdf

Observation/2004.pdf

Observation/2005.pdf

Observation/2006.pdf


Weapon Related Injury Surveillance System Statistics after the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act

To view Post 1998 WRISS Results Graph Click Here

When viewing this report it is important to note that assault injuries were actually decreasing prior to the laws passed in 1998!


Documentation of MA. Firearms Licensing Abuse And Corruption

Government Failure To Notify And Educate Licensed Citizens

2002 House Post Audit and Oversight Report

Fee Violation Investigation

GOAL Asks Governor Patrick to Explain Where License Fees are Going?

Four More Towns Found to Be Overcharging Applicants

Inspector General Responds to GOAL's Additional Requests

GOAL's Letter to the Inspector General

Licensing Delays

GOAL Asks Governor to Handle License Renewal Delays/Partrick Admin response!

GOAL's January 2008 Letter to the Governor

Governor told of additional delays October 2007 Letter

GOAL Asks Governor to Act on Licensing Delays November 2007 Letter

GOAL's December 2007 Letter to the Governor Regarding Licensing Agent

Licensing Violations

GOAL Requests Investigation into License System

GOAL's Letter to Governor Concerning Illegal Application Forms February 2008

GOAL Requests Governor to Cease Illegal Actions of Bridgewater Licensing Officials

Local Authorities Creating Gun Registry Databases

GOAL's Letter to Governor Concerning Illegal Firearms Registry November 2007

Blaming Lawful Citizens For Crime

GOAL Files Freedom of Information Act Request after Governor Patrick Blames Licensed Gun Owners for Crime

Governor Refuses FOIA Request

Reckless Policies

A listing of reckless policies set forth by Massachusetts officials


The History Of Gun Licensing In Massachusetts

These charts reflect a brief history of the License to Carry Firearms and the Firearms Identification Card.
For instance, there are many amendments that were made to the LTC that will take some research to
discover their effects. In the future, we hope to be able to provide a more detailed description of the
changes made throughout the history of the Massachusetts licensing system.

History of the License to Carry Firearms (LTC)

1906

The license was apparently created by Chapter 172 of the Acts of 1906.

1911

Chapter 548 (Unknown)

1919

Chapter 207 (Unknown)

1922

Chapter 485 (Unknown)

1925

Chapter 284 (Unknown)

1927

Chapter 326 (Unknown)

1936

Chapter 302 (Unknown)

1951

Chapter 201 of the Acts of 1951 added language that seems to have given control of the licensing to the local chief or local licensing authority.

1953

Chapter 319 of the Acts of 1953 deleted the reference to trial justices

1953

Chapter 454 of the Acts of 1953 (Unknown)

1957

Chapter 688 of the Acts of 1957 rewrote the section covering the LTC

1959

Chapter 296 of the Acts of 1959 inserted the words "possession" and "narcotic or harmful" in the first sentence

1960

Chapter 293 of the Acts of 1960 (Unknown)

1969

Chapter 799 of the Acts of 1969 rewrote the language to prohibit minors from being able to acquire a machine gun license

1972

Chapter 415 of the Acts of 1972 changed the term of a license and increased the fees from $2 to $10

1973

Chapter 138 of the Acts of 1973 increased penalties for illegally issuing a license

1973

Chapter 892 of the Acts of 1973 added language that required licensed persons to give notification of a change of address

1974

Chapter 312 of the Acts of 1974 changed language to provide for a five year machine gun license

1974

Chapter 649 of the Acts of 1974 added language to provide a 90 day grace period after the expiration of the license

1975

Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1975 delayed the effective date of Chapter 649 of the Acts of 1974 until April 1, 1975

1975

Chapter 113 of the Acts of 1975 added language concerning notification of license expiration

1984

Chapter 420 of the Acts of 1984 inserted in the first sentence "whose license to carry firearms may only be issued under the provisions of section one hundred and thirty-one F" following the words "except an alien"

1986

Chapter 481 of the Acts of 1986 rewrote the entire section covering the LTC. This Act extended background checks and notification of address changes, etc

1987

Chapter 465 of the Acts of 1987 made a minor change by inserting the word "than"

1994

Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1994 added language concerning individuals subject to a 209A (restraining order).

1996

Chapter 151 of the Acts of 1996 made changes to the law where it refer to the "commissioner of public safety", "colonel of the state police" or "executive director of the criminal history systems board".

1996

Chapter 200 of the Acts of 1996 added "youthful offender language".

1998

Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998 completely rewrote the section covering the LTC.

1998

Chapter 358 of the Acts of 1998 made changes to paragraphs (d), (j), (m), (o)

2014

Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014 made numerous changes, click here for more info

 

History of the FID Card

1968

This was the year that the FID card law was created by Chapter 737 of the Acts of 1968. It took effect on January 1, 1969.

1969

Chapter 799 of the Acts of 1969 rewrote the FID section to make many clarifications.

1971

Chapter 225 of the Acts of 1971 rewrote part of the law to allow the licensing authority to conduct a mental health background check only when the authority doubted the applicant's response to the question of past hospitalization or mental illness.

1972

Chapter 312 of the Acts of 1972 deleted the words "a state prison or penitentiary" from the first paragraph and inserted the word "confinement". It also added "or is (f) an alien" to the language. It made FID Cards valid until revoked or suspended and added the requirement of a Card holder to give notification of change of address.

1976

Chapter 239 of the Acts of 1976 added the provision for residents of federal installations to be issued an FID.

1989

Chapter 339 of the Acts of 1989 substituted in the fourth sentence of the fifth paragraph, the word "thirty" for the word "ten"

1994

Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1994 added clause (g) in the first paragraph which created a disqualifier for anyone that was subject to a "209A" (restraining order). It also added similar language to the second paragraph under "setting other conditions."

1996

Chapter 151 & 200 of the Acts of 1996 changed the language to remove the word "commissioner" where relevant and insert the words "executive director of the criminal history systems board". The second bill inserted clause (h).

1998

Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998 completely rewrote the section covering FID Cards

1998

Chapter 358 of the Acts of 1998 rewrote paragraph (3) covering application period

2000

Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2000 deleted in paragraph (9) the expiration language

2000

Chapter 236 of the Acts of 2000 corrected the expiration language.

2014

Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014 made numerous changes, click here for more info

 

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