Concealed Carry State Laws In Massachusetts
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Massachusetts refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Massachusetts are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Massachusetts
While in Massachusetts there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Massachusetts the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The Massachusetts State Constitution states: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature, and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.”
Massachusetts Law requires firearm owners to be licensed through their local Police Department or the Massachusetts State Police if no local licensing authority is available. A license is required by state law for buying firearms and ammunition. An applicant must have passed a State approved firearm safety course before applying for a license.
IN 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun-control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic “assault” weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked. “Today, Massachusetts leads the way in cracking down on gun violence,” said Republican Governor Paul Cellucci as he signed the bill into law. “The new gun law,” he predicted, “will certainly prevent future gun violence and countless grief.” IT DID NOT HAPPEN: “There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998,” the AP reported. “In June of 2002, that number was down to just 200,000.” Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month — “a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.” Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent.
When citizens cannot defend themselves from crime and evil because the STATE has disarmed them, this is always the end result, crime rates rise. Gun Control simply does not work! The anti-gun groups in Massachusetts will never admit they were wrong, instead they have publicly blamed the surrounding states for not having the same laws as Massachusetts, “it’s their fault because guns have no borders they have argued.”
It is amazing how supposedly educated individuals can be so narrow minded and completely oblivious to the facts that are clearly placed before them, the truth is evident to everyone EXCEPT to those with self-imposed blinders, when the facts are counter to their personal misguided agendas they simply ignore them.
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Massachusetts has a national reputation as a bastion of gun control, but crimes and injuries related to firearms have risen, sometimes dramatically, since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998. Murders committed with firearms have increased significantly, aggravated assaults and robberies involving guns have risen, and gunshot injuries are up, according to FBI and state data.
To gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association, these statistics are evidence that gun control does not work. But to gun-control advocates, the numbers show that no state, no matter how tough the laws, is protected from firearms violence when guns are brought in from other states.
Really, so now it’s the others states that are the issue, the anti-gun groups in Massachusetts are now blaming their surrounding states as the problem and will not admit that gun control does not work. Interestingly in the states that are pro-gun and strong supporters of the 2nd amendment do not see the need to point fingers at their surrounding states, wonder why that is? To quote truth, logic, facts, and statistics to narrow minded career politicians that are unwavering in their anti-gun agenda is pointless, its not about truth, never has been, its about their political life….its about exercising their will over the will of the people, its about power.
Massachusetts is a “may-issue” state; officials are not required to issue concealed carry permits to qualified applicants. Applicants must show justification for being allowed to carry concealed weapons, such as personal threats, being in a high-risk profession, or routinely carrying large sums of money.
Laws disarming people who have proven themselves to be a particular threat to public safety and laws that aim to disarm the public at large are precisely what turned a political argument into the American Revolution!
Massachusetts gun laws are among the most severe in the nation, requiring permission from local law enforcement officials before the purchase of any firearm; allowing local law enforcement agencies to set conditions on the possession or use of that firearm, the gun must be stored unloaded and may not be used for self-defense; and demanding all guns be registered. Massachusetts has in all reality completely disarmed its citizens and left them helpless in the face of criminals.
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