Brooklyn, NY asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can a prohibited person carry an Antique firearm in Massachusetts? What about possessing the ammunition?

I know you need an LTC to purchase the powder and ammunition but what about possessing it?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Massachusetts, the laws regarding firearms can be quite specific. A prohibited person typically is not allowed to carry or possess any firearm, including antique firearms. However, under Massachusetts law, certain antique firearms may not be classified in the same way as modern firearms.

The definition of an antique firearm generally includes those manufactured before 1899 or replicas thereof that are not designed to use conventional ammunition. But even if an antique firearm itself might not be restricted, possessing the ammunition or the components to make it operable could be a different matter.

Regarding ammunition, the laws are more stringent. A prohibited person, even with an antique firearm, would likely not be legally allowed to possess the powder and ammunition needed to make it functional. This is because the possession of ammunition is typically governed by the same regulations that apply to modern firearms.

If you find yourself in a situation like this, it would be wise to consult directly with a lawyer who is knowledgeable in Massachusetts firearm laws. They can provide specific advice tailored to your situation, considering the unique aspects of the law as it applies to antique firearms and ammunition.

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