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Legal Information: Massachusetts
Updated: December 11, 2019
How will a judge make a decision about whether or not to grant the order?
A judge can issue an emergency order or a final order against a respondent if the judge believes that s/he poses a risk of causing harm to himself/herself or another person by having any of the following in his/her possession:
- a license to carry firearms;
- a firearm identification card; or
- a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, weapon or ammunition.1
1 MA ST 140 §§ 131T(a); 131S(c)
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