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Massachusetts has some of the strongest gun laws in the country and leads the nation in investing in community violence intervention strategies.

In 2020, Massachusetts had the second-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the fourth-lowest rate. To further strengthen its gun safety laws, Massachusetts legislators should pass comprehensive ghost gun reforms, strengthen the assault weapons law, promote gun violence victims’ access to justice in the courts, strengthen firearm relinquishment requirements (especially in the context of civil protective orders), raise the minimum age to purchase firearms, and continue to sustain and scale up its vital investments in community violence intervention programs like the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI).

What Massachusetts Does Well

  • Gun owner licensing
  • Universal background checks
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Safe storage laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Record-keeping of gun sales

What Massachusetts Is Missing

  • Ghost gun reforms
  • Victims’ access to justice law
  • Stronger assault weapon restrictions
  • Stronger firearm restrictions for harassment prevention court orders
  • Minimum age restrictions
  • Stronger gun trafficking laws and bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Comprehensive firearm relinquishment law



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.