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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 laws, Massachusetts legislators could strengthen their relinquishment laws and regulate undetectable and untraceable firearms (often referred to as ghost guns).

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
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Stronger assault weapon restrictions
  • Stronger firearm restrictions for harassment prevention court orders
  • Minimum age restrictions
  • Stronger gun trafficking laws
  • 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.