Apply for a License to Carry in MA – MA LTC Gun Permit Questions

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Q. Do I need to take a safety Course to Apply for a Gun License?
A.  MA law requires that anyone not Licensed Prior to June 1, 1998 to provide a basic firearm safety course certificate from a certified instructor.

Q. Where do I apply for a gun license?
A.  You apply at the police department in the city or town that you live or have a place of business.

Q. Who decides if I am to be issued an LTC?
A. Your local Police Department is the licensing authority.  The Local Licensing Authority then sends it’s recommendations to the Colonel of the Mass State Police.

Q. Can I be refused a gun license?
A. Applicants may be refused a License to carry a firearm if the applicant:

  • has ever been adjudicated a youthful offender, or convicted as an adult of: a felony, a misdemeanor for which you could have received a sentence of imprisonment for more than two years (which includes OUI after July 1994), a “violent crime,” a violation of a gun law for which jail time could have been imposed, or a violation of a drug law;
  • has been confined to a hospital or institution for mental illness, or a person who has been under treatment for or confinement for drug addiction or habitual drunkenness, unless submitted with an affidavit from a physician;
  • is the subject of a restraining order;
  • is under 21 years of age;
  • is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant in any state or federal jurisdiction.

Q. What can I expect for the application procedure?
A. You will need to fill out a standard application and return to the Police Department where you live or have a place of business. Click here to download a MA FID/LTC/Class 3 application. At that time, you will arrange for an interview where you will be fingerprinted and be photographed (or supply photos of a specific size). You can also expect to

Q. How long does the application process take?
A. The local police department must send your fingerprints to the Colonel of the State Police within seven days of application; the Colonel has 30 days to respond. The License can not be issued until the Colonel’s office has okayed it. The procedure takes from two to six weeks.

Q. How old do I have to be to get a License to Carry?
A. LTC applicants must be 21 years of age or older to obtain a permit. In accordance with MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 131(a) & (b); Issuing of LTCs is also “subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of firearms as the licensing authority deems proper”

Q.  How much does a license cost?
A.  An LTC costs $100.00 and is valid for 6 years.

Q.  How old do I have to be to apply for a Firearms Identification Card?
A.  FID applicants must be 18 years or older (or 14-17 years of age with parental consent. Applicants 14 years old may apply, but will not be issued the card until they reach age 15). In accordance with MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 129B; “Any person residing or having a place of business within the jurisdiction of the licensing authority or any person residing in an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction located within a city or town may submit to the licensing authority an application for a firearm identification card, or renewal of the same, which the licensing authority shall issue if it appears that the applicant is not a prohibited person”.

Q.  How much is an FID Card?
A.  The fee for an FID card is $100.00 for people 18 years of age or older and $25 for applicants under 18 years of age. It is valid for 6 years.

Q.  How long are LTC Valid:
A.  Firearm licenses are valid for 6 years. You must submit a request with your local police department for a renewal prior to the expiration date of your current license. If your application for renewal is made prior to the expiration date, your current license remains valid until the renewal is either approved or denied. Additional training is not required.