View Full Version : GOAL's Muzzle Loader Bill Passes Senate

11-07-2005, 08:43 PM
Date: November 4,2005



BOSTON-Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre) announced that the Massachusetts State Senate engrossed Senate Bill 2255 during the formal session held on November 3, 2005.

Senate Bill 2255 addresses a conflict in the Massachusetts General Law concerning the definition of a “loaded” versus “unloaded” muzzle loading type shotgun or rifle. This legislation clarifies the definition of a loaded shotgun or rifle in Chapters 269 and 131 of the Massachusetts General Law. Any shotgun or rifle with the percussion cap, powder, and shot, or ball and percussion cap, is considered to be loaded. The “loaded shotgun or loaded rifle” will not include a shotgun or rifle loaded with a blank cartridge, which must not contain a projectile within the blank.

“It is important that the gun statute remains consistent in our law books,” said Senator Brewer. “I filed this legislation to ensure that the definitions are correct and am glad to see my bill making progress in the Legislature.”

“On behalf of the Gun Owner’s Action League, I’d like to thank Senator Brewer for moving this legislation through the Senate,” said Jim Wallace. “It is necessary to help the law abiding gun owners, and this bill does just that.”

Senate Bill 2255 was ordered to a third reading on November 2, 2005, and engrossed the following day. Before the Senate may enact Senate Bill 2255, the House will have to engross this legislation. Once this legislation is signed into law it will take effect immediately due to the upcoming hunting season.