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I remember doing this every year in the cub scouts after the 21 gun salute we'd all run up and grab the casings. nobody said a thing back then i think i still have some of them.you should have seen the commotion when kids who picked up the brass blanks fired from the Garands at the memorial day parade. Hand a unlicensed friend a empty cartridge and then inform them they are felons.
Is this a sign of our creeping paranoia, or do people really get charged for holding a souvenir empty casing?
Recent case law has held that possession of a spent shell casing is a violation of MGL 269-10.so what happens when you have junk brass and you want to scrap it. Does the guy at the scrap yard have to have an FID?
http://masscases.com/cases/app/78/78massappct28.htmlComm. v. Truong (2010) said:This court concluded that G. L. c. 269, § 10(h), criminalizes the possession of spent shell casings, which constitute "cartridge cases" within the meaning of the statute; further, this court discerned no ambiguity in that term that would render the statute void for vagueness.
This court concluded that G. L. c.269, § 10(h), which prohibits the possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, plainly bears a reasonable relation to a permissible legislative objective, i.e., the protection of the public from the danger posed by the assemblage and usage of ammunition, and thus does not violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution; for the same reason, the statute does not violate the Massachusetts Constitution.
[Note 6]Although we hold that G. L. c. 269, § 10(h), validly criminalizes unlicensed possession of any individual component of a cartridge, including shell casings, we note that we do not reach the question whether, or to what extent, the statute applies to unlicensed possession of shell casings for innocent purposes, such as for souvenirs or for resale as scrap metal.
Boy you can say that again, we are ready to move (anyone want to buy a house in Mass?) Already looking at the better gun laws ect. in other states. Narrowing down to TX, or TN.
The law makers are not, unfortunately, ridiculous, as most of the people that vote for them think this sort of crap is a good idea. We know this as they keep getting elected.Boy you can say that again, we are ready to move (anyone want to buy a house in Mass?) Already looking at the better gun laws ect. in other states. Narrowing down to TX, or TN.
My daughter has wanted to be in forensics since she was three years old. She has quite the reference collection of spent brass, shotgun shells ect. Sort of like a coin collection. Jeez, I had to tell her that was frowned upon by the law...... she's best to keep it too herself.
At least it's a good lesson on how ridiculous law makers can be.
Back in the MAF List days there was someone in Central MA who's child faced this. One particular cop was out to get this teenager and when he noticed a piece of brass on the floor of the car was reported to say "I gotcha now" or something to that effect. Said child pulled out his/her (don't recall) FID card and the cop went "long faced"! I don't recall who posted that or if that person is now on NES, but there are "always some out there" that might just try to spoil someone's day.It can also be a problem if you should drop an empty casing in your car and let an unlicensed family member use your car. Cops love to stop teenagers and rip their cars apart looking for drugs and alcohol. They'd love to find one of daddy's empty .45 or .223 cases to jam up a car load of teenagers. Thats why you make everyone in the house get an LTC or FID as soon as they are old enough.