An Act Relative to Constitutional Rights

Latest News: H.2122 was filed for the 191st General Court by Rep. David Robertson

What it does: This legislation creates a new section of law that provides a presumption that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual civil right. For many years the courts and law enforcement entities have been confused due to the state’s poorly written laws. With a clearly defined presumption of rights, lawful citizens will be saved unnecessary harassment.

Why it is important: This legislation provides protections for licensed gun owners from government entities in the state who may attempt to pass laws and regulations restricting their individual rights. This will avoid a potential patchwork of laws across the Commonwealth that causes confusion.


Bill Language:

SECTION 1. Chapter 140 shall be amended by inserting the following section:-

Section 120A. No county, municipality, township or other community entity within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may enact, pass or enforce any law, ordinance or regulation concerning the lawful ownership, use, possession, transfer, purchase, receipt or transportation of firearms, antique firearms, ammunition or ammunition components.

The right to keep and bear arms as an individual civil right shall be presumed to exist in all matters regarding the ownership, use, possession, transfer, purchase, receipt or transportation of firearms, antique firearms, ammunition or ammunition components unless expressly prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth.