BEFORE CALLING US, CHECK OUT THESE INTERESTING LINKS
Click HERE to access the Firearms Record Bureau site or for the latest Approved Roster List and others click
Please note: We do not know when the Approved Roster Lists will be published in the future. Please call the Executive Office of Public Safety since they are the folks that compile the list and release it to the public.
Also, if you have a
question about a specific company's intent on ever becoming MA compliant (Kimber,
Colt, HK, Kahr, Springfield, etc), please call the manufacturer directly. If
their customer service people don't
The Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB) was
renamed the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS). The URL
to their website was also updated, the new link is:
Click HERE to view the Chapter 180 Laws of 1998
Click HERE to read the complete text of the AG's Handgun regulations 940 CMR
Click HERE for the Attorney General's web site. Use the SEARCH feature to locate various topics.
What is Don't Lie For The Other Guy? Don't Lie for the Other Guy is a joint program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The program provides firearms retailers with comprehensive materials to educate retail sales personnel on how to detect and deter straw purchases, and to alert potential strawman purchasers of the consequences of participating in a strawman purchase.
What is a strawman purchase? A “straw purchase” occurs when the actual buyer of a firearm uses another person, the “straw purchaser” to execute the paperwork necessary a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee. A strawman purchase is sometimes used because the actual purchaser is prohibited from acquiring the firearm. The straw purchaser then makes a false statement on the ATF Form 4473 when answering question 9(a), which asks about the identity of the actual purchaser. Such false statements are punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment.
STATE LAWS AND REGS
Sales of handguns in Massachusetts are subject to the Chapter 180 laws AND the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Regulations. The laws and regulations are not plain and simple. Basically the go like this:
New handguns can only be sold if they are on the APPROVED ROSTER LIST and meet the Attorney Generals regulations.
NEW MANUFACTURE HANDGUNS
Most SIG, S&W, Beretta, Walther and the Seecamp .32 can be sold as new models because they are on The List and comply with the AG's regs. (See requirements below)
If a handgun is on the Roster List it does not necessarily meet the Consumer Protection regulations,
For example: New Glocks are on the Roster List but are NOT in compliance with the REGULATIONS
therefore they can't be sold as new. The same goes for Para-Ordnance, Kahr, Ruger semi-auto pistols and others.
If a handgun is on THE LIST we can sell or transfer that model if it was made before 10/21/98.
If the handgun is NOT on THE LIST, it had to be registered to a MA resident or under a MA dealer's license prior to 10/21/98.
Many customers call us with "WHAT IF I.....?" scenarios. There is no way to circumvent these laws and regulations. Please don't call us asking for loopholes in these laws and regs. There are none. The rules by which we must conduct our business are cut and dry. Any dealer who does not follow these regulations and laws is subject to severe fines and/or prison time.
Please note the following statement that is on the first page of the APPROVED ROSTER LIST:
Pursuant to the requirements of 501 CMR 7.03; firearms dealers should note the following warning:
TRANSFERS OF HANDGUNS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO THE ATTORNEY
Summary of the Attorney General 940 CMR 16.00 et seq. regulations
The regulation is a manufacturing specification that requires at least the following:
Performance Test Limits of Accuracy Test Metallurgical Test
Drop Test 10 lb Trigger Pull Hidden Serial Number
Loaded Round Indicator or Magazine Disconnect Detailed Safety Briefing and Disclosures
Approved Lock (from Dealer)