Worcester, MA asked in Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Massachusetts

Q: Do I need a gun license to purchase a blank gun in the state of Massachusetts?

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A: In Massachusetts, the laws regarding the purchase and possession of blank guns (also known as starter pistols or prop guns) can be somewhat complex. Generally, blank guns are not considered firearms under state law because they cannot discharge a projectile. However, the appearance and functionality of some blank guns are similar to real firearms, which can lead to legal grey areas.

For the most part, you do not need a gun license to purchase a blank gun in Massachusetts. However, it's important to be aware that certain cities or towns might have their own ordinances that could affect the purchase or possession of blank guns.

It's also crucial to use and handle blank guns responsibly, as they can be mistaken for real firearms, potentially leading to dangerous situations or legal complications.

Given the nuances in the law, if you plan to purchase or use a blank gun, especially for purposes like theatrical performances or training exercises, it might be wise to consult with local law enforcement or a legal professional to ensure compliance with any local regulations and to fully understand any potential risks involved.

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