State of Massachusetts Law on

the Use of Electronic Weapons





Original url: Published: Approved July 15, 2004 by the State of Massachusettes Chapter 170 of the Acts of 2004 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE POSSESSION OF ELECTRONIC WEAPONS. Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to authorize forthwith certain possession and use of electronic weapons, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: SECTION 1. Chapter 140 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 131J, as appearing in the 2002 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:- Section 131J. No person shall possess a portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure or kill, except: (1) a federal, state or municipal law enforcement officer, or member of a special reaction team in a state prison or designated special operations or tactical team in a county correctional facility, acting in the discharge of his official duties who has completed a training course approved by the secretary of public safety in the use of such a device or weapon designed to incapacitate temporarily; or (2) a supplier of such devices or weapons designed to incapacitate temporarily, if possession of the device or weapon is necessary to the supply or sale of the device or weapon within the scope of such sale or supply enterprise. No person shall sell or offer for sale such device or weapon, except to federal, state or municipal law enforcement agencies. A device or weapon sold under this section shall include a mechanism for tracking the number of times the device or weapon has been fired. The secretary of public safety shall adopt regulations governing who may sell or offer to sell such devices or weapons in the commonwealth and governing law enforcement

training on the appropriate use of portable electrical weapons. Whoever violates this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in the house of correction for not less than 6 months nor more than 2 1/2 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment. A law enforcement officer may arrest without a warrant any person whom he has probable cause to believe has violated this section. SECTION 2. The secretary of public safety shall develop a uniform protocol directing state police and municipal police officers to collect data pursuant to this act. Such data shall include the number of times the device or weapon has been fired and the identifying characteristics, including the race and gender, of the individuals who have been fired upon. Not later than 1 year after the effective date of this act, the secretary of public safety shall transmit the necessary data to a university in the commonwealth with experience in the analysis of such data, for annual preparation of an analysis and report of its findings. The secretary shall forthwith transmit the university's annual report to the department of the attorney general, the department of state police, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the executive office of public safety and the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate.







Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Statement in Support of:







S. 2431          Resolve relative to disclosure of radio frequency notifications


S.107             An Act relative to disclosure of radiofrequency notifications


S.108               An Act relative to the safe use of handheld devices by children






Submitted By: (Name), (City, State, Country if other than U.S.) on (Date)

Submitted To: Joint Committee on Ways and Means -



Committee Members, Sponsors, Co-Sponsors, MA Department of Public Health, MA Department of Public Utilities, MA Department of Telecommunications and Cable, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MA Attorney General, Governor Baker, Senator Warren and Senator Markey:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Angelo.D';;;;;;; Barbara.l';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;


Dear Esteemed Legislators and Public Servants,

Thank you for your careful consideration of S. 2431 Resolve relative to disclosure of radio frequency notifications. This bill was introduced in April by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure after they examined the public health issues surrounding Senator Cyr’s two wireless radiation bills: S.107 to raise to the point of product sale the manufacturers’ legal fine print disclaimer for radiofrequency radiation exposure, and S. 108 to ensure safe use of handheld devices by children.


I am a (insert credentials: parent, EHS sufferer, professional credentials, etc.) and am submitting this statement because (insert personal story, scientific facts and links, any suggested bill language changes, and solutions. Our legislators have many emails to read and are likely to be grateful for a concise, professional submission. If you need inspiration on content, feel free to click here for information on children or here for information on manufacturers).


Massachusetts has an incredible opportunity to lead the nation in creating public health solutions and encouraging the industry to bring biologically safe mobile technology to market. Please promptly release S. 2431 Resolve relative to disclosure of radio frequency notifications, S.107 An Act relative to disclosure of radiofrequency notifications and S.108 An Act relative to the safe use of handheld devices by children.

Senator Cyr will be hosting a screening of Generation Zapped at the MA State House. I hope you can make it a priority to attend this award-winning film. You will learn public health risks directly from world leading microwave radiation scientists, doctors and public health experts as well as solutions to protect your constituents.

Thank you for your time and consideration, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information.


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