An Act Relative to Unloaded Rifles or Shotguns

Latest news: H.2154 was filed for the 191st General Court by Rep. Susannah Whipps

What it does: This law enables hunters to cross a road or public way without having to put their shotgun or rifle in a case while crossing.

Why it is important: Section 12D of Chapter 269 makes it mandatory for hunters to hide their guns when on a public way. It also imposes very severe penalties for failure to do so, up to ten years in prison! This bill removes the current law and legalizes road crossing without casing a rifle or shotgun granted that the rifle or shotgun is unloaded.

Bill Language:

SECTION 1.Section 12D of Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws shall be amended by deleting the following language: (b) Except as exempted or provided by law, no person shall carry on his person on any public way an unloaded rifle or shotgun, unless such rifle or shotgun is enclosed in a case. Whoever violates the provisions of this subsection shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, and may be arrested without a warrant; provided, however, that if such unloaded rifle or shotgun is a large capacity weapon and is carried simultaneously with a fully or partially loaded large capacity feeding device, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and may be arrested without a warrant. This subsection shall not apply to drills, parades, military reenactments or other commemorative ceremonies, color guards or memorial service firing squads, so-called, as permitted by law.