“I am disappointed with the entire legislative process, or more precisely, the lack of process that was put forth with this legislation,” said Jim Wallace, Executive Director of GOAL.

GOAL Statement On Bump Stock Legislation

Northborough, MA – November 3, 2017

Note, this was updated on November 5, 2017 as Lt. Governor Polito has signed it into law.  We also added the full text of the amendment at the bottom of this page.

Yesterday, the Massachusetts legislature came to an agreement on legislation to ban bump stocks and other devices. The final version of the budget bill includes an outright ban on bump stocks and trigger cranks, but does not ban firearms designed to be fired by crank, such as antique Gatling Guns.

“I am disappointed with the entire legislative process, or more precisely, the lack of process that was put forth with this legislation,” said Jim Wallace, Executive Director of GOAL.

“From the beginning this process was flawed, the ban language was added to the budget bill as amendments, this caused such an uproar that it brought the legislation to a standstill, and now MA residents will suffer increased financial stress because of this.”

Wallace also noted that normal process was not followed, “the other thing that really bothered our members, there was no public hearing on this legislation, they scheduled it days after both the house and senate amended the budget bill with their bans.”

GOAL members were very active throughout this process and remained in constant contact with committee members and their legislators, “this made a huge difference” notes Wallace, “we most likely would be looking at a much different bill than we are today, without the hard work of GOAL members. To be clear, I am not at all happy with this bill. It makes no sense to ban bump stock possession from someone who can legally own a machine gun; this is after all a piece of plastic and a spring. The legislature should have left a path to ownership and now needs to provide guidance for people who legally purchased these devices before this ban.”

The legislation was signed into law by Lt. Governor Polito as Governor Baker was vacationing in Palm Springs CA.

GOAL greatly appreciates the effort put forth by our membership and our friends on the hill, who worked tirelessly to stop the draconian house version, which was no easy task.






Full text:

Note, the legislature applied an emergency preamble, which makes it go into effect immediately:

Emergency Preamble

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to forthwith to make supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2017 and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary to carry out those appropriations or to accomplish other important public purposes, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

This is the text of the amendment:

SECTION 18. Section 121 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “gun”, in line 100, the following words:- ; provided, however, that “machine gun” shall include bump stocks and trigger cranks.

SECTION 19. Said section 121 of said chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the definition of “Assault weapon” the following definition:- “Bump stock”, any device for a weapon that increases the rate of fire achievable with such weapon by using energy from the recoil of the weapon to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.

SECTION 20. Said section 121 of said chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Shotgun” the following definition:- “Trigger crank”, any device to be attached to a weapon that repeatedly activates the trigger of the weapon through the use of a lever or other part that is turned in a circular motion; provided, however, that “trigger crank” shall not include any weapon initially designed and manufactured to fire through the use of a crank or lever.

SECTION 21. Paragraph (o) of section 131 of said chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- Clauses (i) and (ii) of this paragraph shall not apply to bump stocks and trigger cranks.

SECTION 52. The executive office of public safety and security shall notify individuals licensed under sections 122, 129B, and 131 of chapter 140 of the General Laws of the changes to laws made in sections 18 to 21, inclusive, of this act and the effective date of those changes. The executive office shall also notify manufacturers of bump stocks and trigger cranks as defined in sections 18 and 19 of this act, of the changes made under said sections 18 to 21, inclusive, and the effective date of those changes.

SECTION 53. Sections 18 to 21, inclusive, shall take effect 90 days after the effective date of this act; provided, however, that no person shall purchase, sell or offer for sale a bump stock or trigger crank as defined in sections 18 and 19 of this act after the effective date of this act.

GOAL Statement On Bump Stock Legislation
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