Massachusetts has the lowest gun death rate in the United States
(June 29, 2021) – Massachusetts lawmakers Senator Edward J.
Markey (D-Mass.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Congresswoman Ayanna
Pressley (MA-07) today reintroduced the Making America Safe and Secure
(MASS) Act, legislation to incentivize states to adopt gun-licensing
standards similar to those proven effective in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has
comprehensive gun licensing laws and the lowest gun death
rate in the nation.
Since 1994, the Commonwealth has reduced gun deaths by 40
percent. Among the most effective of Massachusetts laws are the provisions
governing licensed gun dealers. Any person who sells ammunition or sells,
rents, or leases a certain number of firearms in a calendar year must obtain a
state dealer license. The state is required to establish standards for
“prohibited individuals,” those ineligible to obtain a firearms license or
firearms dealer license. Gun dealers and private sellers must record all
firearms sales, leases, and rentals, and share this information with law
enforcement. These dealers and sellers must also verify the validity of a
firearms license before a transaction, and notify law enforcement when
presented with an invalid or expired license.
“Massachusetts has some of the most comprehensive and
effective gun violence prevention laws on the books, and not coincidentally,
the lowest gun death rate in the country,” said Senator Markey. “We can
make our Commonwealth’s laws the model for the rest of the nation and take the
steps necessary to end the gun violence epidemic in every state across the
country. We must finally put a stop to the NRA’s vise-like grip over
commonsense federal gun policy, and it is my hope that the MASS Act will
help loosen this control and incentivize other states to adopt Massachusetts’s
life-saving gun safety laws as their own.”
“It is long past time for Congress to stand up to the gun
lobby and confront this deadly crisis head-on,” said Senator Warren. “Massachusetts
has the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country and can serve as a model for
the federal government to develop policies that will keep our students and
“Families and communities in the Massachusetts 7th and
nationwide continue to face the intergenerational trauma of gun violence, and
it’s long past time we address this public health crisis head-on,” said
Congresswoman Pressley. “The MASS Act would create stricter guardrails
around firearm purchasing to curb gun violence and save lives. I am proud to
join my colleagues in advancing necessary and long overdue common-sense
A copy of the MASS Act can be found HERE.
“As physicians, we understand the critical importance of
identifying, addressing, and reversing a public health menace with urgency.
Let's be abundantly clear - our country's deadly and all-too-frequent
occurrences of firearm violence are public health crises. We support the MASS
Act and appreciate Sen. Markey's leadership in introducing legislation that
will offer added protection for all of our patients, as it is becoming clearer
by the hour that no person is completely immune to injury and death caused by
firearm violence,” said Carole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP, President of the
Massachusetts Medical Society.