Pursuant to General Laws Chapter 269 Section 10(m), it is a crime to possess a large capacity weapon or feeding device in Massachusetts unless exempt by statute or issued a valid Class A or B license to carry (LTC) firearms. Although possessing a valid firearm identification (FID) card is not a defense to a violation under this section, individuals who have a valid FID card at the time of the offense are subject to lesser penalties than those who do not
The maximum penalty for a conviction for Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon or Feeding Device under M.G.L. c. 269 s. 10(m) is a term of imprisonment up to 10 years in state prison, including a 2.5-year mandatory minimum state prison sentence.
Individuals who possessed a valid FID card at the time of the violation also face a maximum 10-year state prison sentence but are subject to a lesser one-year mandatory minimum state prison sentence.
To find a defendant guilty of possessing a large capacity weapon or feeding device, the prosecution must prove four (4) elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
A Large Capacity Weapon is any firearm, rifle, or shotgun that:
A Large Capacity Feeding Device is:
Despite the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution granting citizens the right to bear arms, Massachusetts has a number of laws restricting individuals rights to use and possess firearms. If you have been charged with gun or firearm offenses, it is important to speak with an experienced Massachusetts gun crimes attorney about your criminal case.
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