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What’s the Difference Between an LTC and an FID in Massachusetts?

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The main difference between a License to Carry (LTC), and a Firearms Identification Card (FID) is the type of firearms that you can legally possess. If you have an LTC, you are given more freedom in terms of which class of firearm you can have in your possession. If you have an FID, you can […]

What Could Cause a Gun License Suspension?

In Massachusetts, your gun license can be suspended if the licensing authority determines that you may be a threat to public safety. Below are some examples of circumstances that may cause your firearms license to be suspended: Misdemeanor domestic violence or assault arrest; OUI or other alcohol-related offenses arrest; A restraining order; Living in the same […]

What Is Improper Storage of a Firearm in Massachusetts?

The laws surrounding the crime of improper storage of a firearm are designed to prevent gun access to children and others who should not be handling a firearm, as well as the loss and theft of a firearms.  This charge can apply even if you have a license to carry a gun. If you or […]

Attorney Matthew W. Peterson Selected as a 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Star

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the year 2022! Super Lawyers selects attorneys for this honor using a patented, multiphase selection process involving nominations, independent research on the nominated attorney, and peer evaluation. Verdicts, pro bono and community service, and experience, are just a […]

What is a Large Capacity Firearm in Massachusetts?

A large-capacity firearm is a semi-automatic handgun or rifle that is capable of accepting more than ten rounds a semi-automatic shotgun capable of accepting more than five shotgun shells or an assault weapon What Kind of License Do I Need to Carry a Large-Capacity Firearm? To legally carry, purchase, or transport a large-capacity firearm in Massachusetts, […]

Will a Domestic Violence Conviction Affect My Gun Rights?

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Domestic violence charges will severely affect your gun rights.  Permanently. A domestic violence conviction will prevent you from ever legally carrying a gun.  This is according to both Massachusetts and Federal law.  If you later carry a gun after being convicted of domestic violence, you could be subject to serious federal and state charges. This […]

Can I Appeal if My Application for a Gun License Was Denied?

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If your application for a gun license was denied, you may be able to appeal with an attorney.  It depends on the reason for the denial. Specifically, you can typically only appeal if your gun license was denied because you were found to be unsuitable as a threat to public safety.  Suitability is a discretionary […]

How Do I Win My Gun Case?

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To win your gun case, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Otherwise, you could be facing harsh Massachusetts gun laws, with mandatory minimums and other penalties. Call or text me today at (617) 295-7500, and let me get started defending your gun case. The defenses to a gun case in Massachusetts are varied.  You […]

How Do I Get a Gun License in Massachusetts?

To get a gun license in Massachusetts, you must apply with your local police station.  If you need help applying for a gun license, I’d be glad to help.  Call or text me at (617) 295-7500. There are two different types of gun licenses in Massachusetts. A Firearm Identification Card (FID) (otherwise known as a […]