Improper Storage of a Firearm

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Massachusetts Weapons Charges Defense Attorneys

Misdemeanor Defense AttorneyThe Massachusetts gun storage law is governed by M.G.L 131L section (a). It is a crime in Massachusetts to store a firearm in a place that is not “secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device.”

The law doesn’t require a gun owner to keep the secured container in a secure location, so a firearm that is placed in a secured tamper proof lock box and then placed inside a cooler and brought along during a hunting trip meets the legal requirement. In this example the firearm is secured in a locked container which is sufficient even though the cooler in which the locked container is place isn’t secure by itself.

Violations For Failure To Properly Store Weapons

  • Improper storage of firearm, rifle or shotgun: Results in a fine of at least $500 but not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for no longer than one year.
  • Improper storage of large capacity weapon or machine gun: Results in a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for a minimum of 1 year but no longer than 10 years.
  • Improper storage of a rifle or shotgun that is not a large capacity weapon that was kept were a person 18 years or under and not having an FID card could access it without trespassing: Results in a fine at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for a minimum of 1 year but no longer than 10 years
  • Improper storage of a rifle or shotgun that is a large capacity weapon that was kept were a person 18 years or under and not having an FID card could access it without trespassing: Results in a fine at least $5,000 but not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for a minimum of 2 ½  years but no longer than 10 years

Charged With Improper Storage of a Firearm? Call 508-588-0422 For A Free Initial Consultation

No matter where you are located in Southeast Massachusetts, expert legal help is just a phone call away.  To schedule a free, no-obligation case review and free consultation with an experienced Massachusetts Improper Storage of a Firearm lawyer at the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan at (508) 588-0422.  When you make the call, rest assured you have taken your first step to find out how best to confront the charges you are facing and in ensuring your constitutional rights are not violated.  You can also use our Free Case Evaluation Form to submit information about your case in confidence, or to request that we contact you.

Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts Improper Firearm Storage Attorney at The Law Offices of gerald J. Noonan are available to assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Plymouth County including Brockton, Abington, Bridgewater, Whitman, Hanson, Hingham, Wareham, Halifax, Middleborough, Rockland, Lakeville, Holbrook, Avon, Kingston, Pembroke, Plympton, Pembroke, Hanover, Carver, Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwell, Hanover, Scituate, East/West Bridgewater, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Wrentham, Foxborough, Franklin, Walpole, Needham, Walpole, Brookline, Dover, Medway, Medfield, Millis, Milton, Norwood, Plainville, Wellesley, Westwood; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Norton, Easton, Westport, Berkley, Freetown, Somerset, Rehobeth, Dighton, Mansfield, Freetown, Swansea Acushnet Cape Cod, Falmouth, Barnstable. Middlesex County including Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, Newton, Framingham, Malden, Chelsea, Everett, Arlington, Medford and Waltham;and the Greater Boston area including South Boston, Worcester, Framingham, Woburn, Lynn, Lawrence, Salem, Dedham, Revere, Dorchester and Roxbury.