An Act Relative to Previously Licensed Gun Owners

Latest news: H.2153 was filed for the 191st General Court by Rep. Susannah Whipps.

What it does: This bill would enable residents to obtain a firearm license they previously held, (essentially grandfathering) providing they have not committed any prohibiting acts since the passage of the law.

Why it is important: This bill will restore Second Amendment rights to many residents who are federally qualified to own/possess firearms, but were disqualified by the MA legislature in 1998. In 1998 the MA legislature passed one of the most oppressive anti-civil rights laws in modern history. Nearly one million licensed gun owners had their Second Amendment civil rights stripped away. This was predominately done by retroactively applying minor misdemeanors to the prohibited person status.


Bill language:

Paragraph (1) of Section 129B of Chapter 140 is hereby amended by inserting a new subparagraph:-

(xii) Any person being a resident of the Commonwealth that lawfully held a firearm identification card prior to the enactment of chapter 180 of the acts of 1998 shall be entitled to apply for and receive a renewal of said card provided the person has not committed a prohibitive act since the enactment of chapter 180 of the acts of 1998.

Paragraph (d) of section 131 of chapter 140 is hereby amended by inserting a new subparagraph:-

(xi) Any person being a resident of the Commonwealth that lawfully held a license to carry firearms prior to the enactment of chapter 180 of the acts of 1998 shall be entitled to apply for and receive a renewal of said license provided the person has not committed a prohibitive act since the enactment of chapter 180 of the acts of 1998.

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