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.