Most states, including Massachusetts, seek to strike a balance between the 2nd Amendment protections to bear arms and the need for safety by prohibiting conduct, such as filing serial numbers off of weapons.
If you’ve been charged with a firearm or weapons offense, please call my office. I offer dedicated representation, affordable fees, a free consultation, and a commitment to seeking the best outcome for your case.
In Massachusetts it is illegal for an individual to carry a dangerous weapon. Dangerous weapons include, but are not limited to:
To be criminally convicted of carrying a dangerous weapon the individual must have the weapon in his/her control, on his/her person, or in his/her vehicle.
In Massachusetts a firearm is defined as a pistol, revolver, or other weapon. They can generally be identified by having a barrel of less than 16 inches and the ability to discharge shots or bullets.
Criminal consequences can be imposed for simply possessing a firearm if the rules for having proper identification cards are not abided by.
Under Massachusetts law firearms must bear a serial or identification number that is permanently inscribed on a visible portion of the gun. It is illegal to intentionally remove, deface, alter or manipulate the serial number or identification number. In the Commonwealth, it is also illegal to knowingly accept or receive a gun that has a defaced identification or serial number.
Illegal firearm and weapons charges in Massachusetts include:
Carrying a Firearm: To be found guilty of this offense, the Government must prove:
Defacing Firearm Serial Number: To be found guilty of this offense, the government must prove:
Receiving a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number: Combining the two offenses together, it is a crime to knowingly receive a firearm with a defaced serial number. To prove an individual guilty of this offense, the government must prove:
Penalties can vary widely based on the circumstances of the offense. Penalties can range from probation up to decades in prison.
Weapons charges are typically considered felonies in most states and can result in long periods of incarceration. If you’ve been charged with a weapons violation, please call to find out how I and my firm can help you.