Massachusetts has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, earning an A- in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard, and leads the nation in investing state funds to support evidence-based community violence intervention strategies. In 2017, Massachusetts had the second-lowest gun death rate in the country and imported three times more crime guns than it exported. To further strengthen its gun laws, Massachusetts legislators could strengthen their relinquishment laws and regulate undetectable and untraceable firearms (often referred to as ghost guns).

  • Firearm owner licensing (includes background check)

  • Extreme risk protection order law

  • Strict gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon and large capacity magazine ban

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Mental health record reporting to federal background check databases

  • State collection and maintenance of firearm sale records

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Investment in evidence-based community violence intervention strategies

  • 50 caliber rifle ban

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Waiting period