Massachusetts S 1389 - Gun Trafficking

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Massachusetts S 1389

Relative to preventing illegal trafficking of firearms

by Jo Comerford (D), Cindy Creem (D)


LEAP Forward Position: Support

Explanation: Pending

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SECTION 1. Subclause (j) of clause twenty-sixth of section 7 of chapter 4 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “cards”, in line 182, the following words: - , but such names and addresses shall be made available to law enforcement or other investigative officials, including district attorneys, assistant district attorneys, the attorney general and assistant attorneys general for purposes of enforcing subsection (c) of section 131E of chapter 140.

SECTION 2. Section 123 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking the striking in line 27 the words “forthwith at” and inserting in place thereof the words: - within thirty minutes of.

SECTION 3. Section 123 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “condition.”, in line 248, the following sentences: - Twenty-second, That no licensee shall sell, rent or lease a firearm or large capacity weapon without first: (i) obtaining a signed declaration from the purchaser, renter or lessee, on a form furnished by the executive director of the criminal history systems board, that such individual has not purchased, rented or leased, as those terms are used in section 121 and subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter, any firearm or large capacity weapon during the previous 30 days, or that such individual is an exempt person as set forth under subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter; (ii) forwarding such declaration to the executive director of the criminal history systems board; and (iii) receiving notification from the criminal history systems board that the purchaser, renter or lessee has not purchased, rented or leased any firearm or large capacity weapon during the previous 30 days, or that such individual is an exempt person as set forth under subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter. Such notification from the criminal history systems board shall be valid for no more than two business days after the criminal history systems board issues the notification, after which time the licensee must receive a new notification before completing a sale, rental or lease of a firearm or large capacity weapon to such purchaser, renter or lessee. Such declaration from the purchaser, renter or lessee shall not be a defense in any action brought against a licensee.

SECTION 4. Section 128 of said chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by replacing in lines 5 and 6 the words “or twenty-first” and inserting in place thereof the words “,twenty-first or twenty second”.

SECTION 5. Paragraph (1) of section 129B of said chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking in line 98 the word “or” and by inserting after clause (xi) in line 100 the following :-

“or (xii) has been convicted of a violation of subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter.”

SECTION 6. Paragraph (d) of section 131 of said chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking in line 256 the word “or” and by inserting after clause (xi) in line 258 the following :-

“or , (xi) has been convicted of a violation of subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter.

SECTION 7. Section 131A of said chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “proper purpose”, in lines 5 and 6, the following words: - and does not violate the firearm or large capacity weapon purchase, rental or lease limitation in subsection (c) of section 131E of this chapter.

SECTION 8. Section 131E of said chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection: -

(c) no person, other than an exempt person hereinafter described, shall purchase, rent or lease more than one firearm or large capacity weapon in any 30 day period. The term “rent or lease” as used herein shall not apply to the rental or lease of a firearm or large capacity weapon for a duration of less than 48 hours, provided, however that such firearm is rented or leased from a licensee who is licensed under the provisions of section 122 and subject to the conditions described in section 123.

The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the following persons and uses:

(1) Any law enforcement agency or authority;

(2) Any branch of the United States military, including the national guard;

(3) Any persons in any branch of the United States military or police officers and other peace officers who are acquiring firearms for the purposes of performing their official duties or when duly authorized by their employer to purchase them;

(4) Any licensed watch, guard or patrol agency or their licensed employees in the course of their employment under sections 22 and 25 of chapter 147;

(5) Any person who has been certified as a licensed collector by the criminal history systems board;

(6) A federal, state or local historical society, museum or institutional collector open to the public;

(7) Any exchange of a firearm or large capacity weapon for another firearm or large capacity weapon purchased, rented or leased from the licensed dealer by the same person seeking the exchange within 30 days immediately before the exchange;

(8) A firearms surrender program authorized by and in compliance with section 131O of this chapter.

A non-exempt person who purchases, rents or leases more than one firearm or large capacity weapon in any 30 day period shall be punished, for a first offense, by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or by both such tine and imprisonment; and for any subsequent offense shall be punished by a fine of not less than $ 1,000 and not more than $5,000, or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The punishments under this subsection shall be separate from the procedures established for the denial, revocation or suspension of firearm identification cards, licenses and permits provided under this chapter.

Any person or licensee who sells, rents or leases a firearm or large capacity weapon to a non-exempt person under this section, with knowledge or reason to know that the person has purchased, rented or leased a firearm or large capacity weapon within the previous thirty days shall be punished, for a first offense, by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment of not more than two and one-half years, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and for any subsequent offense shall be punished by a tine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more than five years, or by both such fine and imprisonment. These punishments shall be separate from the procedures established for the denial, revocation or suspension of firearm identification cards, licenses and permits provided under this chapter.