Firearm Policies, Procedures & Guidelines (Attorney General's Office)

Caroline Curtis filed this request with the Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts.
Due July 18, 2016
Est. Completion None
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From: Caroline Curtis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• policies and procedures on the issuance of firearms permits and licenses. (Please note that this point is not a request for the identities of individual permit or license holders, but, rather, is a request for governmental policies and parameters regarding the process and regulations by which one may obtain either a permit or a license. If separate strictures exist for each, provision of both would be greatly appreciated.)
• policies and procedures on the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• any and all available policies and procedures regarding local firearms policies. Please provide all such materials that alter or supplement departmental procedures.
• policies and procedures regarding the sale and purchase of firearms. Please include all materials regarding the appropriate qualifications for the sale or purchase of firearms. Please include materials for particular venues, if available, including but not limited to the sale and purchase of firearms at gun shows.
• policies and procedures regarding the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
Please include all available segregable data.
Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to gun acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• the issuance of firearms permits and licenses.
• the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• incidents involving the use of a firearm.
• the sale and purchase of firearms.
• the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
If various policies or reports exist dependent on the type of firearm, provision of all applicable materials would be greatly appreciated. Should they be voluminous, provision of materials on rolling basis would be greatly appreciated.
Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, transfer, deaths, incidents, or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.
Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Caroline Curtis

From: Gainey, Emalie (AGO)

Caroline,

Please find the attached response and contact me at your convenience.
Thanks,
Emalie
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Emalie Gainey
Senior Deputy Press Secretary
Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: (617) 727-2543

From: MuckRock

Hi Emalie,
I was wondering when would be a good time for you to talk? I'm in the office today until 2:30 and tomorrow from 10 am onwards. Or if it's more convenient e-mail is fine as well. Let me know what works best for you!

Thanks,
Caroline Curtis

From: Gainey, Emalie (AGO)

Caroline,

I should also be free after 10 am tomorrow so please feel free to call then. (617) 727-2543
Thanks,
Emalie

From: Caroline Curtis

Hi Emalie,
Thanks so much for your time earlier!
First and foremost I'm looking for policies concerning open carry- is it allowed in MA, the restrictions that exist around it, if non-residents are allowed to openly carry weapons, and under what circumstances open carry would not be allowed.
Domestic abuse: can individuals accused of domestic abuse possess a firearm?
What statistics does the Department of Health collect?
Mental health regulations: can anyone prescribed medication for anxiety (either currently or in the past) own or use firearms?

In terms of a timeframe, can you give an estimate as to the volume/time it would take/cost of materials above, for materials covering the last 5 years and also for the last 1 year?
And finally, if it makes a difference in terms of cost, convenience or anything else, we're happy to pick up any materials.

Thank you so much!
Caroline Curtis

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