§ 1 Dispensing and suppressing unlawful assembly; arresting persons
§ 2 Refusing or neglecting to depart or to assist in suppressing assembly or in arresting persons
§ 3 Neglect or refusal to exercise authority to suppress assembly
§ 4 Requiring aid; dispersing and suppressing assembly; seizure of persons
§ 5 Armed forces obeying orders for suppressing riot and dispersing and arresting persons
§ 6 Person killed or wounded as result of an assembly; guilt and responsibility
§ 7 Injury to building or vessel by persons unlawfully assembled
§ 8 Destruction of or damage to property by persons riotously assembled; liability of town
§ 10 Carrying dangerous weapons; possession of machine gun or sawed-off shotguns; possession of large capacity weapon or large capacity feeding device; punishment
§ 10A Selling, giving or using silencers; confiscation and destruction
§ 10C Tear gas; use in commission of crimes
§ 10D Body armor; use in commission of crime
§ 10E Firearms sales, distributions or transfers; penalties; eligibility for probation, parole, furlough or work release
§ 10F Illegal sale, gifts or transfer of large capacity weapons or large capacity feeding devices; punishment
§ 10G Violations of Sec. 10 by persons previously convicted of violent crimes or serious drug offenses; punishment
§ 10H Carrying loaded firearm while under influence of liquor, marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants, stimulant or toxic vapor substances; punishment
§ 10I Transporting firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or sawed-off shotgun into commonwealth for use in commission of criminal activity or to unlawfully distribute, sell or transfer possession to prohibited person; penalty
§ 10J Breaking and entering building, ship, vessel or vehicle to steal firearm; penalty
§ 10K Breaking and entering building in which firearm retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer conducts business; unlawfully obtaining or distributing firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or ammunition; punishment
§ 11 Printing statutes for posters; display
§ 11A Definitions
§ 11B Possession or control of firearm with serial or identification number removed or mutilated, while committing or attempting a felony; destruction
§ 11C Removal or mutilation of serial or identification numbers of firearms; receiving such firearm; destruction
§ 11E Serial identification numbers on firearms
§ 12 Manufacturing and selling knives, slung shots, swords, bludgeons and similar weapons
§ 12A Air rifles; sale to minors
§ 12B Air rifles; possession by minors; shooting
§ 12D Rifle or shotgun loaded with shells or cartridges; unloaded rifle or shotgun; carrying on public way prohibited; exceptions; punishment
§ 12E Discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling or other building in use; exceptions
§ 12F Airport secure areas; possession or placement of a cutting device or prohibited weapon; punishment
§ 13 False alarms of fire
§ 13A False reports to police officers
§ 14 Deadly weapons, explosives, chemical or biological agents, or other deadly device or substance; threatened use or presence; threat to hijack; disruption of school, public building or transport; punishment; restitution
§ 14A Annoying telephone calls or electronic communication
§ 14B Willful and malicious communication of false information to public safety answering points; penalty; restitution
§ 15 Stink bombs; sale
§ 16 Arrowheads used for hunting; sale
§ 17 Hazing; organizing or participating; hazing defined
§ 18 Failure to report hazing
§ 19 Copy of Secs. 17 to 19; issuance to students and student groups, teams and organizations; report

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 269 - Crimes Against Public Peace

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.