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Posted: 8/2/2005 7:57:37 AM EDT
Hi Folks,

I'm a new AR15 owner in CT and I'm thinking about possibly joining a range just over the line in MASS. Now, my first question is, it it legal to bring my AR into mass for puposes of going to the range? I know mass doesnt allow 30 rd clips, only 10 and I only have 20 and 30 rd clips. My buddy says yes as long as I'm gong to a range, but I'm not so sure.

The other range I was looking at was the East Windsor Sportsman Club in CT. Anyone have an experience with this range? What are the benefits/disadvantages of a public range versus a private?


Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:16:18 AM EDT
There's no exemption for range visits, only organized competitions. You'd have to apply for a Temporary Class-B Non-Resident permit and then reapply every year.

Sounds like you're in my neck of the woods though. We're you looking at the Southwick club?
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:23:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2005 8:25:43 AM EDT by Thunderfoot]
Yep, the southwick club. Any recommendations for relatively inexpensive ranges in the area?

I'm assuming then that getting together with a buddy or two and going to the range doesnt qualify as an organized event.

oh well.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:25:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Thunderfoot:
Yep, the southwick club. Any recommendations for relatively inexpensive ranges in the area?

You've got IM.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:29:48 AM EDT
I didnt recieve it. I tried sending you one and it didnt show up in my sent box either.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:34:50 AM EDT
Turn on your IMs.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:36:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2005 8:38:48 AM EDT by Thunderfoot]
turned em on. thanks. please resend IM.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 4:02:17 PM EDT
If I bought a couple of 10 round clips could I then go to this range in Mass or would I still have to get a class B license?
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 4:38:52 PM EDT
You need a ClassB to be in posession of the rifle regardless of the magazines.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 6:50:50 AM EDT
First, AR15s are NOT fed by "clips" . . . they are magazines! Stripper clips feed mags, not AR15s. Little nit that some of us are sensitive about.

Second, to POSSESS any firearm, mag, ammo, or components (including spent .22LR shells) in MA, you MUST have a permit or you are facing a long jail term (treated much more seriously than murder in this warped state).

ONLY exceptions to the need of a MA LTC (NR) is to attend a "match" (organized event for which you have proof with you) or gun show/exhibition. Range visits are NOT exempt!

MA NR LTC cost $100/year and take 3-6 months to process for new or renewal. Although we can hope that the new MIRCS (computerized) system will speed this up, I have no data to prove this to be the case yet.

20 and 30 rd mags are perfectly legal in MA with at least a LTC-B (NRs get issued LTC-A, even better), as long as they are PRE-BAN mags. NO new mags of >10 rd allowed in the state even if you are a visitor, attending a match, have a NR LTC, etc. Possession of >10 rd ("no ban" or LE/Mil mags by non-LE) is a 10 year felony PER MAG!

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 6:57:14 AM EDT
Thanks for the info.
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