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Title: Impact of the Mandatory Gun Law in Massachusetts
Author(s): D Rossman; P Froyd; G L Pierce; J McDevitt; W J Bowers
Corporate Author: Boston University
Managing Editor
School of Law
United States of America

Northeastern University
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 442
Sponsoring Agency: Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 76-NI-99-0100
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Bartley-Fox law, enacted in Massachusetts on April 1, 1975, has substantially reduced the actual incidence of gun assaults and substantially increased nongun assaults.
Abstract: The law, preserved the general structure of Massachusetts gun control statutes, adding only a mandatory minimum 1-year sentence for those convicted of illegally carrying a firearm. The new law also prohibited suspended sentences, probation, and various informal means of avoiding sentencing. A 2-year study of the law's effects, based on assessment of crime statistics from both the FBI and the Boston Police Department, evaluation of arrest reports, examination of court records, and interviews with criminal justice personnel, revealed that the law did influence the crime rate. The law had a moderate deterrent effect on gun robberies and homicides. The law also caused a decrease in the proportion of defendants who were convicted of illegally carrying a firearm. The proportion of defendants who received some jail sentence increased. In general, judges and prosecutors did not feel that the law facilitated harsher treatment of those who committed violent crimes. Seventeen references and extensive figures and tables are provided.
Index Term(s): Gun Control; Law reform; Massachusetts; State laws; Weapons violations
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