Cape Cod Illegal Gun Possession Defense Attorney

The state of Massachusetts takes the illegal possession of firearms very seriously, and has several state-specific statutes in place limiting and restricting the sale, ownership, and possession of all weapons and firearms. Additionally, the federal laws established by the National Firearms Act (NFA) also apply to gun ownership and possession throughout the state, limiting the sale and ownership of machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, suppressors, and other particularly potent weapons such as grenades.

Convictions for illegal possession of a weapon are followed by harsh penalties and fines, and will affect your rights as a gun owner for the rest of your life. As such, if you are facing charges of illegal gun possession, contact the Cape Code gun possession defense attorney James Powderly today at 508-343-0676 to discuss the details of your case.

Massachusetts Licensing

In order to buy, own, possess or carry a firearm in the state of Massachusetts you must be issued one of the following licenses:

  • Restricted Firearm Identification License (RFID): Allows the carrying of mace or pepper spray
  • Firearms Identification License (FID): Allows the bearer to purchase and carry rifles and shotguns of limited capacity
  • Class B License: Permits the purchase and carry long rifles and handguns, but does not permit concealed carry
  • Class A License: Permits the bearer to purchase and possess any legal firearm in the state, but is subject to “Hunting and Sport” or “Target and Hunting” restrictions at the judgment of the Chief of Police in the town issuing the license
  • “Machine Gun” License: Issued only to certified instructors or bona fide collectors

Convictions for illegal gun possession can carry serious penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines in certain situations.

Contact Us

Cape Cod gun possession lawyer James Powderly has years of experience defending the rights of clients accused of illegal possession of weapons, and will work tirelessly to protect your interests in court. Call today at 508-343-0676 to learn more about your legal options.


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