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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

 

Injury Surveillance Program

 

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)

 

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.

 

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