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chip102 11-02-2009 03:29 AM

MA registration question
I live in Massachusetts and have a question I cannot seem to find an answer for anywhere. I know someone whom would like to give me his rifle and shotgun. The only issue is that they do not technically belong to him. They were given to him a while back, maybe around 30 yrs or so, by the widow of a friend who didnt want them in the house. At the time he was not aware of registration laws and did not know he had to transfer ownership. I was wondering if anyone knew how we might resolve this registration and ownership issue since the widow has since died.


c3shooter 11-02-2009 04:21 AM

Link to MA law: M.G.L. - Chapter 140, Section 129c

Having read thru it, my best advice is to (a) contact a local dealer the in Mass for some guidance- it will depend on the type of gun- long or short- and (b) MOVE!!! Laws are a LOT simpler here in Virginia! (We doan need no stinkin' firearms permit to OWN a gun) :D

chip102 11-02-2009 11:51 AM

Thanks for the responce.
So basicaly what its saying is submitt a report that explains the situation, saying that this guy got them a while ago, put them in his attic, forgot about them, and now thinks ill make better use of them, and hope that I appeal to MA better nature and they push through a new registration. Right? Most likely, knowing MA, they will hand deliver a hefty fine and seize the firearms.

c3shooter 11-02-2009 01:25 PM

Chip- you may very well be right. See answer (b) above. OTOH, how do they handle your inheriting firearms from your distant relative in another state that does not require "registration"? MOST states do not HAVE "firearms registration".

chip102 11-02-2009 09:02 PM

Well maybe i will move one day, but right know I'm stuck in school and have no means to move. In MA all non antique firearms have to be registered. If you inherit a firearm it is much easier to transfer a registration, is guess its more like a proof of ownership and a way to track it. Unfortunately i am not related to the man who wants to give it to me, nor was he related to the woman who gave it to him, nor was it stated in any will that he was to inherit them, the widow just didn't like them in the house and passed them off to him. I will try your other suggestion and talk to a local arm dealer, and the man who wants to give them to is friendly with the police chief so ill see if I can get him to talk to the chief.

chip102 11-05-2009 07:26 PM

well according to <> i dont have to register the guns, but i have to submit a transfer of ownership form to my local PD, so basicaly im still stuck with how to explain this whole messed up situation. O well.

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