MASSACHUSETTS: SUPPRESSOR LEGISLATION ADVANCES IN GENERAL COURT.
JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY, UNAMIOUSLY PASSED SENATE BILL 1271
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
An Act Relative to Suppressors.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Section 10A of Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by deleting the section in its entirety and inserting in its place the following:
Any person found to be in possession of a firearm suppressor who is:
(a) a prohibited person under section 131 of chapter 140;
(b) in the commission of a violent crime or felony;
(c) in the commission of a crime of violence against a family member;
(d) conducting sales or has possession of controlled substances as defined in chapter 94C;
shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten years in state prison or for not more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction.
For the purposes of this section the term “firearm suppressor” shall have the same meaning as Federal law 18 USC 921(24): The terms “firearm suppressor” mean any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, and any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.
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