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Guns & Weapons Crimes

Attorney John G. MacLachlan of MacLachlan & Allen, LLP is a Criminal Defense Attorney you can rely on.

Massachusetts gun laws are strict and a conviction for most gun or weapon related crimes impose mandatory jail or prison sentences. Violent crimes associated with guns or firearms in Massachusetts have been on the rise over the past decade, which means the courts take each case very seriously. This is why it is extremely important to have someone who has experience and knowledge in Massachusetts gun and weapon laws on your side.

Laws surrounding Guns and Firearms are often debated and while the 2nd Amendment gives Americans the Constitutional right to bear arms, each State reserves the right to regulate the use and ownership of weapons. Massachusetts may be one of the toughest states when it comes to gun laws. With numerous laws on the books that criminalize actions involving weapons, if you are accused of a gun or weapons charge in MA it is important to know your rights.

In order to legally possess firearms in your home or place of business, MA law requires that you hold a Firearms Identification card (FID). You must apply for an FID card with the local licensing authority and a FID card will be issued to you granted you meet a certain criteria. For instance, you may be denied a FID if you have any of the following:

  • Felony conviction as an adult
  • Currently subject of an active Restraining Order (209A)
  • Hospitalization for mental illness
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years imprisonment (including OUI)
  • At a minimum you need an FID Card for non-large capacity rifles and shotguns. For handguns you need either a “License to Carry” (LTC), or an FID Card combined with a permit to purchase firearms for the particular handgun in question. FID cards do not authorize you to carry a firearm outside your home or place of business. In order to lawfully carry a firearm outside your home you must apply for a LTC, under the requirements under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140 § 131. Penalties

    In Massachusetts, gun laws carry multiple charges that can be used to enhance exposure and increase sentencing. For example, being in possession of a loaded firearm can result in a charge of carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm outside of home, and possession of ammunition. All of these charges carry a separate sentence.

    Carrying dangerous or illegal weapons such as a machine gun or sawed off shotgun is illegal and could get you 2 1/2 years in prison.

    The attorneys at MacLachlan and Allen are skilled and knowledgeable in the defense of gun charges including

  • Illegal Search and Seizure
  • Lack of Possession
  • Properly Working Firearms
  • If you are accused of a gun crime the stakes are too high to not have proper representations, call the attorneys at MacLachlan & Allen LLP today to schedule your free consultation.