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Massachusetts law prohibits anyone from furnishing an air rifle or BB gun to a person under age 18, except the minor’s parent, guardian or adult teacher or instructor. In addition, any person, including a parent, guardian or adult teacher or instructor, is prohibited from selling an air rifle or BB gun to a person under age 18.1 Massachusetts law also prohibits any person under age 18 from having an air rifle or BB gun in his or her possession while in any place to which the public has a right of access unless:

  • He or she is accompanied by an adult; or
  • He or she is the holder of a sporting or hunting license and has on his or her person a permit from the chief of police of the town in which he resides granting him or her the right of such possession.2


Notes
  1. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, § 12A. ⤴︎
  2. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, § 12B. ⤴︎