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Silhouette Targets ?

I suspect that someone is misunderstanding the MA laws, specifically MGL Ch. 140 S131, which reads, in part:
Chapter 140: Section 131. Licenses to carry firearms; Class A and B; conditions and restrictions

Section 131. All licenses to carry firearms shall be designated Class A or Class B, and the issuance and possession of any such license shall be subject to the following conditions and restrictions:

(a) A Class A license shall entitle a holder thereof to purchase, rent, lease, borrow, possess and carry: (i) firearms, including large capacity firearms, and feeding devices and ammunition therefor, for all lawful purposes, subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of firearms as the licensing authority deems proper; and (ii) rifles and shotguns, including large capacity weapons, and feeding devices and ammunition therefor, for all lawful purposes; provided, however, that the licensing authority may impose such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of large capacity rifles and shotguns as it deems proper. A violation of a restriction imposed by the licensing authority under the provisions of this paragraph shall be cause for suspension or revocation and shall, unless otherwise provided, be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000; provided, however, that the provisions of section 10 of chapter 269 shall not apply to such violation.

The colonel of state police may, after an investigation, grant a Class A license to a club or facility with an on-site shooting range or gallery, which club is incorporated under the laws of the commonwealth for the possession, storage and use of large capacity weapons, ammunition therefor and large capacity feeding devices for use with such weapons on the premises of such club; provided, however, that not less than one shareholder of such club shall be qualified and suitable to be issued such license; and provided further, that such large capacity weapons and ammunition feeding devices may be used under such Class A club license only by such members that possess a valid firearm identification card issued under section 129B or a valid Class A or Class B license to carry firearms, or by such other persons that the club permits while under the direct supervision of a certified firearms safety instructor or club member who, in the case of a large capacity firearm, possesses a valid Class A license to carry firearms or, in the case of a large capacity rifle or shotgun, possesses a valid Class A or Class B license to carry firearms. Such club shall not permit shooting at targets that depict human figures, human effigies, human silhouettes or any human images thereof, except by public safety personnel performing in line with their official duties.
As you see in the second paragraph, IF a club has a Class A license (not a person, but a club), THEN they can't allow shooting at silhouette targets. Note, that a club can only get such a license if at least one SHAREHOLDER has such a license. I'm unaware of any clubs in MA that have shareholders -- they are almost all non-profits. And I'm unaware of any clubs in MA that have such a license. If a club does not have such a license, then they are not under any such restriction.

Full text of the law is here:


For future reference, most MA gun laws are in section 140. All of those laws are on the web. I STRONGLY suggest that you read them yourself: http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/gl-140-toc.htm
I've heard of ranges (and police departments), that will only allow blue silhouette targets because of "political correctness" and "sensitivity" concerns. [rolleyes]
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