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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Machine Guns & Automatic Firearms in Massachusetts.’ Hardware & Ammunition. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 21 June

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Machine Guns and Automatic Firearms in Massachusetts

No person may carry or possess a machine gun in Massachusetts without a specially issued machine gun license. The licensing authority or the colonel of state police may issue a machine gun license to:

(a) a firearm instructor certified by the municipal police training committee for the sole purpose of firearm instruction to police personnel; or
(b) a bona fide collector of firearms upon application or upon application for renewal of such license.

"Machine gun" is defined as "a weapon of any description, by whatever name known, loaded or unloaded, from which a number of shots or bullets may be rapidly or automatically discharged by one continuous activation of the trigger, including a submachine gun."

Massachusetts law also prohibits the sale or transfer of a machine gun to anyone not issued a machine gun license.

Finally, Massachusetts prohibits any person from using any type of fully automatic machine gun or submachine gun for hunting purposes…

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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