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How Do I Get a Gun License in Massachusetts?

Updated: Mar 13



There are two different types of firearm licenses in Massachusetts. A Firearm Identification Card (FID) (otherwise known as a Class B license) allows you to carry (non-large capacity) shotguns and rifles. A License to Carry (LTC) (otherwise known as a Class A license) permits you to carry large capacity handguns, rifles, and shotguns, and allows you to carry a concealed handgun.

A firearms license is required to purchase all types of ammunition in Massachusetts.

You cannot obtain a firearms license if:

  • You are under 21 for a LTC (you may receive an FID if you're over 18, but you can receive one if you're over 15 with parental consent)

  • You have been convicted of a felony

  • You have been convicted of misdemeanor punishable by up to two years

  • You have been convicted of a violent offense

  • You have been convicted of any offense involving illegal possession of a gun or ammunition and a term of imprisonment was imposed

  • You have been convicted of a controlled substance offense

  • You have been convicted of a domestic violence offense

  • You have been institutionalized in a substance abuse or alcohol abuse institution or a mental health institution, although there are some exceptions

  • You are not a citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)

  • Have an arrest warrant pending in any jurisdiction

  • Have been dishonorably discharged from the military

Convicted includes youthful offender and juvenile adjudications.

Licenses are valid for 6 years. You can apply or be renewed at your local police station.

Please contact a Massachusetts attorney if you have any questions about receiving a firearms license. Contact me, and I'd be glad to help!


My office is located in Boston, Massachusetts, but I handle criminal cases, including firearms offenses and issues with firearms licenses, in all Massachusetts courts. Contact me at 617-356-8217.

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