A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. - The Second Amendment Gun Control Jon Igo
Activity Write your own Five Laws Regarding Firearm ownership and use. • Focus on how to acquire a firearm (age, permits, etc.) and also use of the firearm. • After you write your own laws, we will go over what the laws in MA actually are. - "God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal."
Licenses to Carry (In Mass.) • CLASS “A" LTC: Permits the purchase, possession and carrying of all ammunition, handguns, rifles, shotguns and feeding devices (both large and non-large capacity). This is the only license that allows the carrying of concealed handguns-either loaded or unloaded. • CLASS “B" LTC: Permits the purchase, possession and carrying of all ammunition, non-large capacity handguns, and all rifles and shotguns (large and non-large capacity). *A weapon is large capacity if it is a semi-automatic handgun or rifle that is capable of accepting (or readily modifiable to accept) any detachable large capacity feeding device that holds more than ten rounds, OR if it is a shotgun capable of accepting more than five shotgun shells, OR if it is an assault weapon
Applying for a License to Carry • You must be 21 years of age or older to obtain a Class “A" or Class “B" permit. New applicants must complete a Mass. certified firearms safety course or a BASIC HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE. Class “A" and “B" LTC cost $100.00 and are valid for 6 years. • The FID (Firearms Identification Card) card permits the purchase, possession and carrying of NON-LARGE CAPACITY RIFLES, SHOTGUNS and AMMUNITION ONLY. You must be at least 18 years old (or 15 - 17 years old with parental consent) to apply for an FID card.
Firearm Use For Self Defense Massachusetts law justifies use of firearms for self defense if you are: • Trying to protect yourself or another person from death or serious bodily harm • Trying to prevent a forcible felony, such as rape, robbery, burglary or kidnapping.
Statistics • According to a 1997 Survey, among American Citizens possessing a gun, the source of the gun was from - • a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2% • a retail store or pawnshop for about 18% • family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%
Discussion Agree: In today’s society, Americans should still have the constitutional right to bear arms Disagree: In today’s society, Americans should NOT have the constitutional right to bear arms
Sources • http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/hed/hed_gun_laws.htm • www.self-defender.net/laws.html