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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 only have non-large capacity firearms.

  • License to Carry (LTC): You may purchase, possess, and transport all large and non-large-capacity handguns, rifles, and shotguns, as well as ammunition. This is the only license that allows the carrying of concealed handguns-either loaded or unloaded.
    • In Massachusetts, a large-capacity firearm is a semi-automatic handgun or rifle that is capable of accepting more than ten rounds, OR is a semi-automatic shotgun capable of accepting more than five shotgun shells, OR is an assault weapon.
  • Firearms Identification Card (FID): You may purchase, possess, and transport non-large-capacity rifles, shotguns, and ammunition.  This does not include handguns.

How Do I Obtain an FID or LTC?

You can obtain your firearms license by filling out an application online, and sending it to your local police station. Although, if you have a criminal record, or have been sectioned for any reason, this will likely make obtaining any kind of gun license very difficult.


If you have a firearm without an LTC or FID card, you may face stiff penalties, including mandatory minimum time in jail.  Before bringing a firearm into Massachusetts or possessing a firearm, you should review current Massachusetts law on the subject to ensure you are complying.

I am a Massachusetts firearms lawyer who helps people get firearms licenses. If you would like help or advice in filling out a firearms application or would like to appeal a license denial or suspension, call or text me today at 617-295-7500! I have handled dozens of firearms cases, and I do everything I can to get my clients the best outcome possible. I offer consultations over the phone, via Zoom, or in person at either of my office locations!


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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