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House Bill 4376 (New Gun Bill)


Regular Member
Oct 24, 2013
United States
Here's a break down of the new gun law:

Key changes to the statute include:
 Requires Massachusetts to submit more data to the federal National Instant Check System,
including state commitments for alcohol and/or substance abuse, commitments for mental
illness or as dangerous persons, and convictions for domestic violence cases;
 Allows an individual who has been committed for certain mental health reasons, for an alcohol
use disorder ,substance use disorder, or guardianship appointment to petition the court 5 years
from the date of commitment requesting that his/her ability to possess a firearms, rifle, or
shotgun be restored;
 Requires all Massachusetts licensed gun dealers to run criminal offender record information
(CORI) checks on current and new employees;
 Requires all Massachusetts licensed gun dealers to post information about suicide awareness
and prevention;
 Eliminates the requirement to obtain a firearms identification card or license to carry to
purchase or possess self-defense spray, unless under the age of 18 or otherwise disqualified by
 Requires personal sales/transfers of all firearms, rifles, and shotguns to be completed through a
web portal to be developed by the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services; the
portal will, among other things, verify the identity of both buyer and seller, and ensure the
sale/transfer complies with the law;
 Expands the eligibility disqualifications for firearms identification cards and licenses to carry;
 Allows licensing authorities to petition the district court to deny, suspend, or revoke firearms
identification cards on the grounds of unsuitability;
Changes to the Laws Concerning Firearms Licensing and Gun
Sales in Massachusetts Requires that a licensing authority provide each applicant with a receipt indicating that either a
new or renewal firearms license application has been received;
 Provides an indefinite grace period if an applicant submits a renewal application prior to the
expiration of his/her current license;
 Eliminates the Class B license to carry firearms; current Class B licenses to carry will remain valid
until the said expiration of the license;
 Exempts active duty military personnel from the requirement to take a Basic Firearms Safety
Course before obtaining an FID or LTC;
 Reduces the firearms application fee to $25 for retired law enforcement officers;
 Exempts law enforcement officers from the assault weapon and large capacity feeding device
 Changes the definition and some punishments relative to firearms trafficking crimes;
 Creates several new crimes involving the use of firearms, including assault and battery with a
firearm and disarming a law enforcement officer;
 Requires all licensing authorities to trace and collect specific data on any firearm used in a crime
within its jurisdiction.


1. Massachusetts firearms dealers are required to perform criminal offender record
information (CORI) checks prior to hiring any person who has “direct and
unmonitored” contact with firearms to determine the suitability of the employee.
Further, dealers must run a CORI check on all current employees by no later than
February 16, 2015.
To obtain CORI checks, the licensee must first register as an employer on the Department
of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) iCORI system. To register, go to
https://icori.chs.state.ma.us and follow the instructions. A fee of $25 dollars will be
charged for each name submitted for a CORI check.
Important: after you have registered in iCORI, you must call the DCJIS Legal Unit at
617.660.4760 to obtain the proper CORI access level, as provided by H4376.

2. Firearms license no longer needed for most individuals to purchase and possess
pepper/self-defense spray.
Firearms dealers may sell self-defense sprays to any person age 18 or over, unless
otherwise disqualified. A firearms identification (FID) card or license to carry firearms
(LTC) is not required for purchase. However, dealers should verify age with a valid form
of identification.Individuals between the ages of 15 and 18 must still have a valid firearms identification
(FID) card to purchase self-defense spray.
Though a dealer is not required to determine whether or not a purchaser is disqualified
from possessing self-defense spray, a licensee must not sell to any individual that he/she
knows to be disqualified. There is no crime should a dealer sell self-defense spray to a
disqualified individual.

3. Law enforcement officers are now exempt from the assault weapon and large
capacity feeding device ban.
Active law enforcement officers may now purchase assault weapons and large capacity
feeding devices. Firearms sold must still appear on the Approved Firearms Roster, and
officers must present proof of employment.
1. Firearms dealers must post and distribute with each purchase a notice providing
information on suicide prevention.
This notice will be developed and provided by the division on violence and injury
prevention within the Department of Public Health.
2. An “Olympic competition firearms” roster will be developed for firearms or pistols
solely designed and sold for Olympic shooting competition.
3. Firearms licenses will remain valid after the expiration date of the license until the
application for renewal is either approved or denied. However, the licensee must
present a valid receipt from his/her local licensing authority showing that the
renewal application was submitted prior to the expiration of the current license.