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    Default Mass BB gun and pellet gun laws

    I ran across a funny thing in coversation about gun laws,hunting and use of bb guns and pellet guns.

    I been looking for answers requarding pellet gun use for hunting.
    Aside from all hunting laws apply. When I picked the brains of local LEO
    he basically refered me to the definition of a rifle per mass law

    “Rifle”, a weapon having a rifled bore with a barrel length equal to or greater than 16 inches and capable of discharging a shot or bullet for each pull of the trigger.

    In a nut shell he said if it has a rifled bore it will be treated as a firearm?

    Ok so am I missing something. Are all the pelletguns sold in walmart smooth bore now ?

    If they can apply this definition, would you be in violation of possession if over 18 and no FID ?

    Strange..............any thoughts

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    Damn good question as the gamos I had were all rifled but they were break action, I wonder if that effects it at all.

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    A pellet gun can be a "rifle" but it is still not considered a firearm in MA. Firearm laws do not apply to rifled airguns, period.
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    It got a little strange as the only discharge law for bb,pellet,paintball is about discharge across or from a roadway? Interesting also is the 2nd officer who chimed in said there are no bylaws in town reguarding discharge of a pellet,bb,or paint ball except for noise. Here a noise that bothers someone only needs to be audible at 400'
    noty sure but my paintball gun seems very load.???
    Well to cover my ass I have writen permission from my neighbors to hunt on their property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanici View Post
    A pellet gun can be a "rifle" but it is still not considered a firearm in MA. Firearm laws do not apply to rifled airguns, period.
    This. Just do yourself a favor and treat your pellet gun like a real rifle while you're transporting it as to not scare the sheep, and definitely don't stop for lunch at the Burlington mall with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yanici View Post
    A pellet gun can be a "rifle" but it is still not considered a firearm in MA. Firearm laws do not apply to rifled airguns, period.
    Chapter and verse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cockpitbob View Post
    Chapter and verse?
    Go look it up yourself if you need to. It's been posted before. Just because a gun has rifling does not a firearm make, in MA.
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    Be 18 years old and dont shoot across a road.

    http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/Ge...269/Section12B

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    How about hunting with a pellet gun...such as killing chipmunks. Do you need to be a certain distance from roads/houses...or does it not matter because its an airgun?

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    i remember when i was 16 and tried to buy one. You had to be 18 and if it was over a certain fps you needed an FID or above...below a certain fps you could own. What that fps was i do not remember.

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