Massachusetts Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for MA Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Massachusetts gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Massachusetts can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Massachusetts State Constitution

"The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it."

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

"The end of the institution, maintenance, and administration of government, is to secure the existence of the body politic, to protect it, and to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying in safety and tranquillity their natural rights, and the blessings of life: and whenever these great objects are not obtained, the people have a right to alter the government, and to take measures necessary for their safety, prosperity and happiness."

"All power residing originally in the people, and being derived from them, the several magistrates and officers of government, vested with authority, whether legislative, executive, or judicial, are their substitutes and agents, and are at all times accountable to them."

"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men: Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require it."

"The people have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to assemble to consult upon the common good; give instructions to their representatives, and to request of the legislative body, by the way of addresses, petitions, or remonstrances, redress of the wrongs done them, and of the grievances they suffer. "

Massachusetts Gun Laws

Massachusetts Hunting Rules & Regulations

Massachusetts Shooting Ranges

Massachusetts Shooting Ranges with Public Access (Source: Mass.gov)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's WhereToShoot.org)
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NRA.org)
All Shooting Ranges (Source: RangeListings.com)

Massachusetts Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source: IDPA.com)
IDPA Matches (Source: IDPA.com)
USPSA Clubs (Source: USPSA.org)
USPSA Matches (Source: USPSA.org)
USA Shooting Clubs (Source: USAShooting.org)
USA Shooting Matches (Source: USAShooting.org)
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source: 4-HShootingSports.org)

Massachusetts NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Massachusetts State Firearm & Hunting Associations

Massachusetts Gun Shows and FFLs

Massachusetts Gun & Knife Shows (Source: GunShows-USA.com)
Massachusetts Gun Shows (Source: GunShowTrader.com)
Massachusetts FFL Holders (Source: FFLGunDealers.net)
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source: FBI.gov)
Massachusetts Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source: FixNICS.org)

Massachusetts Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source: VoteSmart.org)
Gubernatorial (Source: VoteSmart.org)
State Legislature (Source: VoteSmart.org)
Statewide Officials (Source: VoteSmart.org)
NRA's Ranking of Massachusetts Public Officials (Source: NRA-PVF.org)

Massachusetts Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Gun and Ammo Laws by State

Popular Ammo Calibers & Brands