6/11/17 GOAL has been on a mission to education law enforcement and legislators about suppressors.
1/16/17 – These bills have been filed in both the house and senate for the 190th General Court, they were filed by Rep. Paul Frost – H.789, Senator Don Humason – S.1317, Senator Michael Moore – S.1340, and Rep. Josh Cutler – H.763 (Rep Cutler’s bill is identical to the others with one small exception. He added “or household member” to line 7 to expand crime of violence definition.
Section 10A of Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws bans the use of suppressors in Massachusetts unless the individual is a federally licensed manufacturer or law enforcement officer. This bill does away with the state prohibition. It also puts in place the federal definition for suppressor and creates severe penalties for the criminal use of such devices.
Bill Language: (all four bills are same with one small exception, see above) Section 10A of Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by deleting the section in its entirety and inserting in its place the following: Section 10A. Any person found to be in possession of a firearm suppressor who is: (a) a prohibited person under section 131 of chapter 140; (b) in the commission of a violent crime or felony; (c) in the commission of a crime of violence against a family member; (d) conducting sales or has possession of controlled substances as defined in chapter 94C; shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten years in state prison or for not more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction. For the purposes of this section the term “firearm suppressor” shall have the same meaning as Federal law 18 USC 921(24): The terms “firearm suppressor” mean any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, and any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.