Illegal Sale of Firearms or Ammunition
MGL c. 269 s. 10E outlines the potential penalties based on the number of firearms involved in the illegal transaction:
- 3- 9 firearms, minimum mandatory of 3 years, up to 10 years in state prison and $50,000 fine
- 10- 19 firearms, minimum mandatory of 5 years, up to 10 years in state prison and $100,000 fine
- 20 or more firearms, minimum mandatory of 10 years, up to life in state prison and $150,000 fine
Under MGL c. 269 s. 10A, the illegal sale, keeping for sale, use, or providing of a silencer, except as otherwise authorized by law, is punishable by up to 5 years in state prison.
For purposes of s. 10A, a silencer is defined as any instrument, attachment, weapon or appliance for causing the firing of any gun, revolver, pistol or other firearm to be silent or intended to lessen or muffle the firing of any gun, revolver, pistol or other firearm.
Under subsection (b), if you transfer provide a large capacity weapon or large capacity feeding device to a child under the age of 18, you face a mandatory minimum 5 years, up to 15 years in state prison.
If you have been charged with illegal sale or distribution of a firearm, or any other gun crime in Massachusetts, contact our office immediately for your free initial consultation:
(617) 830- 2188