MA Ammo and Component Storage Regulations
A Massachusetts resident must have a valid firearms license to possess ammunition. There's a twist... Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140 Section 122 defines ammunition as:
"cartridges or cartridge cases, primers (igniter), bullets or propellant powder designed for use in any firearm, rifle or shotgun"In other words, you must have a firearms license to even possess an ammunition component.
As hard as this is to believe, the Commonwealth also regulates the quantity of ammunition and components that you may store in your home. CMR 527 Section 13.04 sets the limits on ammunition and component storage. Without a special permit, you can store:
- Not more than 10,000 rounds of rimfire ammunition
- Not more than 10,000 rounds of centerfire rifle/pistol ammunition
- Not more than 5,000 rounds of shotgun ammunition
- Not more than 1000 primers
- Not more than 16 pounds of smokeless powder
- Not more than 2 pounds of black powder
CMR 527 Section 13.04 also stipulates that an ammunition storage permit can be obtained from the head of the local fire department. With a storage permit, you can store:
- Up to 30,000 rounds of rimfire ammunition*
- Up to 50,000 rounds of centerfire rifle/pistol ammunition*
- Up to 50,000 rounds of shotgun ammunition*
- Up to 10,000 primers
- Not more than 48 pounds of smokeless powder
- Not more than 5 pounds of black powder
* Total of all ammunition cannot exceed 100,000 rounds
Here's a tip: Before you make a trip to the local fire department to get an ammo storage permit, download a copy of 527 CMR 13 and print pages 6 and 7. It's possible that the fire chief will have never heard of it.
One last thing... CMR 527 Section 13.04 states that "ammunition, 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."