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Wait, I’m confused; which guns are MA-approved?

Posted by Lissa on September 16, 2009

I thought for sure that Glocks were on the No-soup-for-you list; I’ve heard that from more than one local firearm expert.  Why, then, do they appear here?  It lists everything from the 17 to the 39 and the list is dated for August 2009.

Help please!  Am I reading this wrong?  Did I miss an important regulation that says, “Here are the firearms that are approved for MA purchase, but only if you have blond hair and gray eyes”?  What am I missing?

P.S.  In case you didn’t see it yesterday, Weer’d Beard says the “metal detectors” at the Boston Public Library are actually anti-theft detectors 😉

P.P.S.  Silly, naive me thought that there’d be a simple link on mass.gov explaining where you can carry and where you cannot carry.  No such luck.  Am I correct in thinking that, regardless of what type of license you have, it’s forbidden to carry at schools, government buildings and anywhere a “no guns” sign is posted?  (Those signs are MAGIC, by the way . . . we all know they stop criminals with illegal guns from carrying JUST AS MUCH as they stop law-abiding citizens from doing so . . .)


5 Responses to “Wait, I’m confused; which guns are MA-approved?”

  1. Mike said

    There’s no single, magic list. They have to make the list as well as follow certain other regulations (among them that there must be an external safety) put in by the Attorney General. The list you linked to has this among the text at the top:
    “Firearms on this Approved Firearms Roster do not necessarily comply with the requirements of the Attorney General’s Handgun Sales Regulations.”

    And why would they make it clear? Then people might carry guns without fear of going to jail!

  2. Jay G. said


    The problem stems from the fact that the Attorney General has the sole power to determine if a gun is really, REALLY safe to be sold – even if it’s on the Approved Firearms Roster.

    What are the AG’s criteria? Your guess is as good as mine…

  3. Jay G. said

    Oops, missed the PPS.

    Oddly enough MA does NOT have “binding signage” – they can post all the “NO EVIL GUNZ ALLOWED!!11111eleventy” signs they want, they do not have the force of law.

    The only places forbidden to MA CCW holders are schools and (depending on who you ask) post offices.

    Now, if a place (say, Fenway) posts that they don’t allow firearms on the premises, and you have one, and they search you and find it, you may very well be in for a world of hurt. But it’s not technically illegal. If you refuse to leave, it becomes criminal trespass, though.

    Realistically, there’s only two ways that you’d be found out – either you were forced to *use* your concealed firearm, in which case the legality of bringing it wherever it was you brought it is the least of your troubles; or you inadvertantly exposed your firearm, in which case you should really be more careful and will just have to take your lumps…

  4. MeatAxe said

    The less clear it is, the more scope they have to trifle with you as much as they want.

  5. Jeff said

    Another important point is that all of the MA handgun nonsense applies only to what a dealer can sell. The only exception is pistols caught by the AWB, which are generally pretty exotic. If someone moves in to the state with something not on the list, they can sell it to you privately and that’s perfectly legal. Also, if you find a dealer willing to sell you something, you’re in the clear. The restrictions only apply to the dealer, not to you.

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