See our Child Access Prevention policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Massachusetts law prohibits the storage or keeping of any firearm in any place unless the gun is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device and properly engaged so as to render such weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner or other lawfully authorized user.1 Massachusetts law also penalizes a lawful owner or user who keeps or stores non-large capacity rifles or shotguns in a place where a person under age 18 who does not possess a valid firearm identification card may gain access to the firearm.2 Furthermore, a lawful owner or user may not keep or store a rifle or shotgun that is a large capacity weapon, a handgun, or a machine gun in a place where any person under age 18 may gain access to the firearm.3

For additional laws related to safely securing and storing firearms, please see the Locking Devices section.

 

Notes
  1. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131L(a). ⤴︎
  2. Ch. 140, § 131L(c). ⤴︎
  3. Ch. 140, § 131L(d). ⤴︎