State Law Background

Among other things, Massachusetts:

However, Massachusetts does not:

Local governments in Massachusetts retain authority to regulate firearms and ammunition, and the local licensing authority in Massachusetts has discretion in determining whether to issue a license to carry a firearm.

In 2016, Massachusetts had the lowest rate of gun deaths among the 50 states. According to 2016 Firearms Trace Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the national crime gun export rate is almost 6.5 times the crime gun export rate in Massachusetts. Massachusetts had the 4th lowest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Massachusetts were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 4th lowest rate among the states.

Massachusetts Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Massachusetts, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.