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What Criminal History Should I Disclose on my LTC Application?

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Question 4 on the Massachusetts LTC application asks for your criminal history.  Specifically, the question asks: “Have you ever been arrested or appeared in court as a defendant for any criminal offense?”

This question has caused a lot of difficulty for my clients.  How much of their criminal history should they discuss?  What if the records are sealed?  What if the charges were dismissed?

If you have a question about your application for a license to carry, you should contact an experienced Massachusetts gun rights attorney.  I represent people looking for licenses to carry all over Massachusetts.  Whether you’re looking for help in applying for a license to carry a firearm or if your LTC was suspended, I’d be glad to help.  Call or text me at 617-295-7500, and let’s get started on protecting your gun rights.

Should I Disclose My Criminal Record on My LTC Application?

The short answer — you should disclose everything.  If you have any doubt, you should put all information on your criminal history on your LTC application.  This includes every time you’ve been in front of a judge or anyone for a criminal charge.  You should disclose dismissed charges, sealed charges, and even clerk magistrate hearings.

The police department will have a copy of your criminal history, and you will have to pass state and federal background checks before a license to carry can issue anyway.  You cannot hide your criminal history from the police, so you might as well disclose it.

If you are unsure about your Massachusetts criminal history, you can run your CORI here.

I have seen many people denied a license to carry a firearm for failing to disclose a criminal charge that would not have disqualified them.  Being untruthful on your application, including on criminal charges from a long time ago, can result in your application being denied.

What Happens If I am Denied a License to Carry?

If you are denied a license to carry or your license to carry is suspended, you have the right to appeal.  This appeal is before a district court judge, who will determine whether the police made a mistake in denying or suspending your firearms rights.  You only have 90 days to appeal your denial/suspension, so contact a gun rights lawyer as soon as possible.


If you believe you may have a criminal case that could prevent you from getting an LTC, you should contact a firearms attorney.  I do consultations for anyone looking for advice on applying for a license to carry a firearm.  I also represent those looking to appeal a denial or suspension of a license to carry a firearm.  Call or text me today at 617-295-7500.


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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