An Act Relative To Unlawful Suppressors

Latest News: S.1417 was filed for the 191st General Session by State Senator Don Humason

What it does: This legislation would make it legal for a law abiding – licensed gun owner to own/possess sound suppressors. 

Why it is important: Sound suppressors are common use items across the country, (see map below for reference). There is no valid reason beyond fear mongering to criminalize their possession by law abiding individuals. 


Bill language:

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.