Legal Information: Massachusetts

State Gun Laws

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Updated: 
November 28, 2016

If the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

No. Under Federal law, if your abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, s/he cannot have or buy a gun.*  If you're not sure if s/he has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, see What crimes are considered domestic violence misdemeanors?

In addition, MA state law says that if you have been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by more than 2 years of jail time, a violent crime, or any weapons or drug-related offenses, you cannot have or buy a gun.**  

* 18 USC 922 § (g)(9)
** Mass. Gen. Laws 140 § 131