Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is another “May Issue” state. “LTC” or license to carry can be issued to residents and non-residents. If you’re a non-residents you must apply for a temporary permit before traveling to Massachusetts. Applicants need to be 21 and pass a firearms training course to apply. A LTC is required to purchase ammunition and firearms. Applications can be filed at local police stations. If you’re a non-resident, you must apply through the State Police.

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  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You must be a US citizen or legal alien.
  • Completed a firearms training course.
  • Have no Felony
  • No Drug violations
  • No Violent crimes
  • No misdemeanor punishable by more than two years in prison
  • You must not have any outstanding warrants
  • You must not be subject to a current restraining order
  • It must be more than five years since any treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.
  • If you have been hospitalized for mental illness, you must submit an affidavit from a registered physician endorsing your ability to possess a firearm.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons 

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  2. Resident – Check with your local Police as to what is required, there were some changes in 2017.
  3. Non-Resident – Check with the Firearms Record Bureau as to what is required, there were some changes in 2017.
  4. You will be notified within 40 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

New Permits:
$100 (Residents 6 years)
$100 (Non-residents 1 year)

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      Places Allowed

      • State parks
      • State and national forests
      • Road side rest areas
      • Vehicle
      • All areas of the state – except those listed below 

      Places Not Allowed

      • Courthouses
      • Elementary or secondary school, college or university
      • Airports
      • Logan Airport security zone
      • When using off highway vehicle such as snowmobile
      • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

      Massachusetts

      No
      NO – Without a Permit/License If you do not have a permit/license then you cannot open carry. There are no laws that prevent a permit/license holder carrying a concealed firearm openly. I would be very cautious though, you will definitely attract attention from law enforcement and could end up a test case.
      No
      NO – Without a Permit/License If you do not have a permit you cannot carry a loaded firearm inside any vehicle. Unlawfully carrying a firearm in a vehicle, or in one’s possession outside one’s residence or place of business, without the required license or card, subjects a person to a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year in jail, or 2 1/2 years in prison. A permit/license holder can transport a loaded or unloaded handgun on his person or in a motor vehicle if the handgun is under their direct control.
      Yes
      YES You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas. State wildlife sanctuaries are off-limits.
      Yes
      YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
      No
      No
      NO “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Massachusetts gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits.
      No
      NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law There is nothing in Massachusetts gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

      Massachusetts

      Quick Facts

      Open Carry

      No

      Carry In Vehicle

      No

      Carry In State Parks

      Yes

      Carry In Restaurants

      Yes

      Constitutional Carry

      No

      No Weapons Signs Enforced

      No

      Must Notify Officer

      No
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