do I apply for a License to Carry (LTC) or a Firearms Identification (FID)
Generally, application is made to the
local police department where the applicant resides or has a place of business. For more specific information on FIDs refer to M.G.L.
c. 140, §129B, or for LTCs refer to
a nonresident obtain a permit to carry a weapon in Massachusetts?
c. 140, § 131F allows the Colonel of the State Police or his designee to
issue a temporary LTC to nonresidents or persons not falling within the
jurisdiction of a local licensing authority. Currently, the Firearms Record
Bureau (FRB) has been designated to issue permits to nonresidents. The phone
number of the FRB is (617) 660-4780.
a valid holder of an LTC renew their FID Card based upon notification from the
Criminal History Systems Board that the FID card is about to expire?
Not necessarily. An
individual with an LTC is not required to maintain an FID Card also, although
an individual may hold both. An LTC permits the holder to possess any weapon
which would be allowed with an FID Card, as well as additional weapons
depending on the Class of License.
I need an FID Card or an LTC Firearms to possess a gun in my home?
At a minimum you need an FID Card for non-large capacity rifles and shotguns.
For handguns you need either an LTC,, or an FID Card combined with a Permit to
Purchase firearms for the particular handgun in question.
an individual who is the subject of a restraining order, seek to have the
judge remove the surrender portion of the restraining order with regards to
weapons permits so that he/she can possess a weapon?
the surrender order could be lifted by the judge, pursuant to
c. 209A, §3C, and guns and permits could be returned even though the
restraining order remained in effect. Under recent changes in
M.G.L. c.140, §129B and
the suspension and surrender of a defendant's FID Card or LTC must continue as
long as the underlying restraining order is in effect.
do I transport a gun in my vehicle?
A person with a Class
"A" LTC may transport a handgun loaded or unloaded on his person or
under his direct control in the vehicle. If the handgun is not under his
direct control, it must be unloaded and in a locked case, locked trunk or
other secure container.
person with a Class "B" LTC must transport handguns unloaded and in
a locked case, locked trunk or other secure container. All persons
transporting large capacity rifles and shotguns must transport them unloaded
and in a locked case, locked trunk or other secure container. Trigger locks do
not meet the requirements of securing a weapon during transport in motor
more specific information see M.G.L.
c. 140, §131C.
I need to lock my non-large capacity rifles and shotguns in a case while
transporting them in a vehicle?
They must be transported unloaded, but are not required to be in a locked case
I leave my gun in my car if I need to go into the store on my way home from
the range or from hunting?
your handgun or large capacity rifle or shotgun is transported in accordance
with the provisions of M.G.L.
c. 140, §131C (i.e. unloaded and in a locked case, locked trunk or other
secure container) then the gun may be left unattended in the vehicle. Weapons
transported in this manner will automatically be considered "stored or
kept" in compliance with the safe storage requirements of
person leaving a non-large capacity rifle or shotgun in an unattended vehicle
is required to lock the rifle or shotgun in a case/container or in the trunk,
or install a mechanical locking device on the weapon (i.e. cable or trigger
all weapons sold within the Commonwealth be equipped with a safety lock?
c. 140, §131K states that all sales of firearms and large capacity
weapons in Massachusetts MUST include a safety device approved by the Colonel
of the State Police. This requirement applies to any seller including a
wholesaler. The seller is not required to install the device so long as the
weapon is accompanied by it. Failure to comply with this provision will
constitute a breach of warranty and an unfair trade practice. This section
does not apply to non-large capacity rifles and shotguns.
an individual buys a handgun or large capacity rifle or shotgun from a dealer,
can he supply his own trigger lock to avoid paying for a new one from the
M.G.L. c. 140, §131K
states that a state approved safety device must be sold with the weapon. This
places the burden on the dealer to provide the safety device and does not
allow the dealer an option of letting the purchaser provide a trigger lock.
state-approved trigger locks required any time a trigger lock is used?
State-approved trigger locks are only required under the provisions of
c. 140, §131K which applies to dealers who provide them with handguns and
large capacity rifles and shotguns that they sell. State-approved trigger
locks are not required in any other section of chapter 140. However, most
common trigger locks that would be used to help the gun owner comply with
are likely to be state approved even though that approval is not required.
a Massachusetts resident sell a gun without being a licensed dealer? Is there
a limit as to how many guns may be transferred?
140, §128A, a Massachusetts resident may sell a gun provided that he
lawfully possesses it with an appropriate FID Card or LTC, or is otherwise
exempt, and that the person buying the gun is also properly licensed with the
appropriate FID Card or LTC (depending on the type of gun being bought)
140, §128A, a properly licensed resident who is not a licensed dealer may
sell up to four guns in any one calendar year through a private transfer of
a special form be used when selling guns through a private sale?
state form required for private sales is an FA10 Form. The FA10 replaced what
was known as the "Blue Card" previously used for private sales. This
is essentially the same form used by dealers except that instructions are
included with each private sale form. This form can be obtained from any
police department. The seller must fill out the form and forward it to the
Firearms Record Bureau (FRB) within seven days of the transaction.
weapons purchased by Massachusetts residents while in another state have to be
reported in Massachusetts?
c. 140, §128B, residents who purchase from someone other than a
Massachusetts dealer, either within or outside the Commonwealth, must report
the purchase within seven days to the FRB. The FA10 form, which can be
obtained from any police department, is the simplest way to make such a
a license required to possess an air gun (i.e. bb or pellet guns, so-called
air rifles or air pistols, paint ball guns) or ammunition therefore (i.e. bb's,
pellets, CO2 cartridges, paint balls)?
FID Card is not required to possess an air gun in Massachusetts. Air guns are
regulated by M.G.L.
c. 269, §12B which limits their use by minors who are not accompanied by
an adult, holding a sporting or hunting license, or holding a permit from the
chief of police. Massachusetts law also prohibits anyone from discharging air
rifles from across streets, alleys, public ways or railroads or railway right
of ways. It should also be noted that an FID Card or an LTC are not required
to purchase an air gun or ammunition. As such, the state FA10 form should not
be used to record the sale of such air guns.
it lawful to possess a stun gun in Massachusetts?
M.G.L. c. 140, §131J
prohibits the sale or possession of 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
am changing my address. Who do I notify?
M.G.L. c. 140, §129B(10),
a holder of an FID Card or an LTC must notify, in writing, the licensing
authority that issued the Card or License, the chief of police into whose
jurisdiction the Card or License holder moves, and the Executive Director of
the CHSB. The notice must be made by certified mail within 30 days of its