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How Do I Get a Gun License in Massachusetts?

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To get a gun license in Massachusetts, you must apply with your local police station.  The process depends on your background.

There are two different types of gun 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.

What Can Prevent Me from Getting a Gun License in Massachusetts?

You cannot obtain a firearms license if you:

  • 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)
  • Have been convicted of a felony
  • Convicted of misdemeanor punishable by up to two years
  • Have been convicted of a violent offense
  • Were convicted of any offense involving illegal possession of a gun or ammunition and a term of imprisonment was imposed
  • Have been convicted of a controlled substance offense
  • Were convicted of a domestic violence offense
  • Have been institutionalized in a substance abuse or alcohol abuse institution or a mental health institution, although there are some exceptions
  • 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 getting a gun license in Massachusetts. 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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