Under 527 CMR, Board of Fire Prevention Regulations: 13.04 Licenses, Permits, and Certificates.
Under M.G.L. Chapter 148-13 the following quantities of explosive materials that shall be exempt from license, registration, and permit, and may be kept, or stored in a building or other structure: (a) Small Arms Ammunition: 1. Not more than 10,000 rounds of rim fire ammo. 2. Not more than 10,000 rounds of center fire ammo. 3. Not more than 5,000 rounds of shotgun ammo. (b) Small Arms Primers: 1. Not more than 1,000 caps or other small arm primers. (c) Smokeless Propellants: 1. Not more than 16 pounds. 2. Persons under age 18 may not keep or store smokeless propellants. 3. Not more than 2 pounds of such propellant shall be stored in a multiple family dwelling or a building of public access. (d) Black Powder: 1. Not more than 2 pounds. 2. Persons under age 18 may not keep or store black powder.
(e) Exempt quantities of small arms ammo, primers, smokeless propellants and black powder shall be stored in original containers and such containers shall be stored in a locked cabinet, closet or box when Not In Use.
Mark’s NOTE: A firearm, (or magazine) certainly is NOT considered an ‘original container’ to lock away with ammo inside it. Also, if a loaded firearm became hot enough during a fire the gun would go off just as if you pulled the trigger yourself, a fireman’s job is dangerous enough without the added danger of inadvertently being shot. The fire Marshall understands this. So if someone tells you that you can leave a gun loaded so long as it is locked up or trigger locked at home, (a felony), ask that person to point out specifically in the law where that is stated, because obviously it runs contrary to what is stated under M.G.L Chapter 148-13. Pardon the pun, but Ma. gun laws are written vaguely so that the courts can ‘burn’ you any which way they choose to interpret them.
It is better to be pro-active and do a little more than what is thought to be required, than to take chances on being charged over misconceptions in vague law.
NOTE: Storage by Permit increases the amounts of ammo, primers, smokeless propellants and black powder in private use that you may have. But be aware that when you apply for and are approved for a permit to store more than quantities listed above you consent to periodic inspections by the Fire Marshall or his designee. The entire code can be viewed under 527 CMR.
Submitted By Mark Shean