The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Conference Center > Law and Civil Rights

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 28, 2010, 07:17 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: July 28, 2010
Posts: 14
Question about Large-Capacity Rifles with FID Card in Mass.

I live in Massachusetts and have an FID card. I know that the law states that I can not be in posession of a rifle that excedes 10 rounds.

My question is, is it illegal to carry a rifle that CAN accept a magazine that holds over 10 rounds, even though the rifle that I'm carrying only contains a magazine that holds 8 or 10 rounds?

I have not been able to find a solid answer, but from my research it is illegal due to the fact that I could go out and buy a larger mag, even if I do not own one, right?

That being said, I have found that the best rifle for the money that holds no more than 10 rounds is the Hi-Point 995TS. Correct me if I'm wrong but this rifle would definitely fall under the category of a non-large capacity rifle, and is legal for me to purchase/carry in MA with an FID card, correct?

On a side note, anybody know of any good options for a cheap, reliable rifle that is classified as a non-large capacity rifle (preferably 9mm, looking for the cheapest ammo to shoot to use at a range), instead of the 995TS? Or do any of you know a place in MA, that carries this rifle where I can get it relatively cheap?

Thanks in advance.
peteyb is offline  
Old July 29, 2010, 10:08 AM   #2
Join Date: August 12, 2009
Location: NH, Live Free or Die!
Posts: 26
MA has odd and strict laws, you might want to check out their website. It seems most of their laws regarding rifles has more to do with a combination of collapsible stock, flash hider, bayonet/launcher lug and the ABILITY to accept high cap mags. Also there is some gray area about rifles made before a specific date. Most used firearms are a no go unless made before a specific year. I do know some manufacturers make MA compliant firearms, i.e. S&W's M&P 15 and 15-22 that have a fixed stock, no flash hider and no bayonet lug. You may be able to buy something that isn't MA compliant, but keep in mind that if caught with it its YOU who will be held accountable and MA doesn't take it lightly.
Nastrowie! is offline  
Old August 1, 2010, 04:32 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: July 28, 2010
Posts: 14
Can anyone say for sure if the 995TS is considered a high or low capacity rifle please?
peteyb is offline  
Old August 2, 2010, 12:31 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: October 24, 2008
Location: Orange, TX
Posts: 3,066
I think that such a provision is unconstitutionally vague and unenforceable. No rifle in existence is capable of distinguishing between a detachable magazine holding the magic 10 rounds or fewer, and one magazine holding 11 or more - either the magazine fits in the rifle or it does not, and ANY detachable magazine can be reverse-engineered or modified to increase its capacity beyond whatever the statutorily-mandated limit might be.

You have to wonder why the law is worded this way - it'd have been a lot simpler for them to simply ban the high capacity magazines rather than the rifles which they might fit into.
csmsss is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.04632 seconds with 7 queries